Florida education news: Student drug use, spring break, school uniforms and more
STRESSED OUT: Students at Pinellas Lakewood High admit to using drugs, not because of peer pressure but rather because of stress. (Times photo, Kathleen Flynn)
ALL TANGLED UP: Retiring St. Petersburg College president Carl Kuttler's exit payment could take months to figure out.
NOT CONVINCED: Pasco's employee union rejects the Race to the Top, while the School Board sticks with the plan while awaiting more details.
SHUTTING DOWN? Pinellas schools' petting zoo might close because of shrinking participation.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Largo High students offer musical gifts for the holiday season • Eastside Elementary artfully eases into Reflections program • Pine Grove gets into shopping mode • Betmar Acres retirees adopt West Zephyrhills Elementary
SPEAK UP: Parents should force their schools to deal with disparities in teacher AP results, the Times editorializes.
DON'T MESS WITH FCAT: Broward schedules spring break for mid-March to avoid conflicting with the annual testing dates, the Miami Herald reports.
DRESS CODE: Seminole adopts a tougher dress policy, and now depends upon tough enforcement to make it stick, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
IS THERE A CPA IN THE HOUSE? Martin hires a staff chief finance officer after using out-of-town consultants to do the job for a year, the Stuart News reports.
THANKS FOR THE HELP: Marion schools receive millions in donations despite the down economy, helping the schools to keep running smoothly, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
GRADING WOES: Polk officials look into how county high schools have been "misapplying" grading rules, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
FEE FIGHT: Alachua says it won't pay a city stormwater fee any more, setting up a potential lawsuit over $144,000 a year, the Gainesville Sun reports.