Florida education news: Spending, supplies, school orientation and more
TAKING THE EDGE OFF: Pinellas incoming sixth-graders and their parents a chance to check out their schools and see if the rumors are true before the bigger kids arrive. (Times photo, Scott Keeler)
MORE SCRUTINY: The Pasco School Board takes a closer look at principal contracts, cell phone use and out-of-state travel, with a little shove from the Legislature.
FINISH UP: Florida high schoolers already enrolled in the GED exit option program will be allowed to complete it, even though the program has been officially disbanded.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL BARGAINS: There's no tax-free holiday this year, but some South Florida shoppers are finding deals on school supplies that match the annual savings, the Miami Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: Collier teachers reject another contract offer that included a 3 percent raise, the Naples Daily News reports.
TAKE IT OFF: FAU prepares to remove the name of a donor who failed to make good on his pledge from the building it named in his honor, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FOCUSED CUTS: Martin officials have kept their budget reductions out of the classroom and away from layoffs, so far, the Stuart News reports.
WHO'S YOUR DADDY? Santa Rosa schools prepare to implement an employee anti-nepotism policy, the Pensacola News Journal reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Pinellas writing instructor Holly Slaughter.