Florida education news: Student enrollment, No Child Left Behind waivers, President Obama's back-to-school speech and more
SHRINKING ENROLLMENT: Fewer students than expected show up at Pasco schools, meaning more budget cuts could be coming. • Broward traditional schools see enrollment decline even as total numbers rise, with most new students going to charters, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
PILING ON: Pasco's now-rescinded attempt to limit bus drivers' water drinking suggests the administration doesn't recognize employee professionalism, the Times editorializes.
BE SAFE: Hernando parents should take advantage of student driver education courses even if they have to pay for them, the Times editorializes. • Several northeast Florida school districts add free drivers ed back to their offerings, the Florida Times Union reports.
WHAT'S GOING ON? Lee's superintendent wants answers about an unfinished investigation into alleged FCAT cheating at a charter school, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
FINDING FLEXIBILITY: Florida plans to request a waiver to portions of the No Child Left Behind Act under new rules set forth by President Obama, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ARRESTED: At least two students at a Manatee charter school are arrested at school, causing a commotion that leads officials to send all students home, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NO SHOW: Collier schools again decide not to let students watch President Obama's annual back to school speech live, the Naples Daily News reports.
BUILDING CONCERNS: Florida university leaders worry that their maintenance and construction projects can't progress as funds dry up, the News Service of Florida reports.
FIRED: A Charlotte fifth-grade teacher is let go after administrators receive videos of her performing sex acts, the Herald-Tribune reports.
TWO POLICIES: Palm Beach school officials consider two rules for proving residency — one for immigrants and one for everyone else, the Palm Beach Post reports.
STAYING ALIVE: Marion decides to keep open three schools it had been considering whether to shut down, the Ocala Star Banner reports.