Florida education news: Student gains, art lessons, waterless urinals and more
PART OF THE PROCESS: Hudson Middle School social studies students learn about elections and wish they could participate in Florida's presidential primary. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)
FALLING BEHIND: A Times analysis of testing data among Florida's largest school districts shows Pinellas and Hillsborough making less gains than most of the others. District leaders must take steps to ensure their planned reforms result in positive strides for students, the Times editorializes.
RISING COSTS: A growing number of charter schools means added time and money spent on oversight for the Pinellas district.
ARTS + SCIENCE: Hillsborough students demonstrate that the arts and sciences can combine for fun and instructive lessons.
BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: One Laptop Per Child delivers laptop computers to hundreds of students in two poor Miami schools, the Miami Herald reports.
NEIGHBORS UNITED: A Manatee County activist group creates a PAC to focus on School Board elections, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SPENDING PLAN: Public education is one area proposed to see a boost in the Florida House budget, the AP reports.
TOO SMALL: A Fort Myers private school plans to close amid shrinking enrollment and struggling finances, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
BIG OOPS: A switch to waterless urinals in Palm Beach schools has caused a messy, smelly and expensive problem to repair, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with state Rep. Richard Corcoran about his proposal to expand the corporate tax credit scholarship program.