Florida education news: STEM education, university presidents, FCAT cheating and more
GET EXCITED: Key to improving Florida students' science abilities are giving their teachersbetter instruction skills and getting kids more engaged in the lessons. (Photo courtesy of Jim Della Sala)
POWER STRUGGLE: Florida's Board of Governors looks to have a bigger say in who gets selected campus president at UF and FAMU.
CHOICE COMING: Hernando could get a second assistant superintendent next week.
MONEY MATTERS: Challenger Kurt Browning far outstrips incumbent Heather Fiorentino in campaign contributions as they seek election as Pasco superintendent.
STANDING OUT: The new dean of USF's business school has big plans to make it among the nation's best.
GET IT RIGHT: The Pinellas School Board should not settle for a mediocre superintendent candidate if its applicant list isn't strong enough, the Times editorializes.
IRREGULARITIES: The state finds teachers at a Lee charter school did not cheat on the FCAT two years ago, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • A Palm Beach elementary school faces an investigation over questionable FCAT tests, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FRUSTRATED: Florida teachers find problems with the state's new performance evaluation system, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
INDEBTED: The Village of Key Biscayne will borrow $23 million to help improve public schools serving its children, the Miami Herald reports.
SUICIDAL: One in eight Duval high school students has attempted suicide, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE: Influential Brazilians push the Broward school district to offer Portuguese courses, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MORE CUTS: UF faces another $4 million in budget cuts after its tuition increase is smaller than expected, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
FLEXIBILITY: The Lake School Board considers opening its own charter school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
FEWER PINK SLIPS: The Alachua school district renews more annual contract teachers this year than a year ago, the Gainesville Sun reports.