Florida education news: Swine flu, school rankings, parking permits and more
ARRIVE ALIVE: Pasco high school students wanting a campus parking permit now must take a safe driving course to get one. Hundreds have already completed the class. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
STILL WAITING: It's less than two weeks until classes start, and about 3,000 Pinellas families don't know if their choice applications have been approved.
IF YOU'RE SICK, DON'T COME: Hillsborough suspends all attendance-driven privileges so students don't feel pressured to attend if they have swine flu.
PLANNING FOR FUTURE GROWTH: Hernando agrees to build a K-8 school north of Weeki Wachee, opening the K-5 section by 2011.
STICK AROUND: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia wins a one-year contract extension. • St. John's superintendent Joe Joyner gets renewed, too, and rejects a pay hike, the St. Augustine Record reports.
TARGETING DROPOUTS: Pinellas' newest charter school, Mavericks High, uses gaming as an incentive for kids.
RATING THE RANKINGS: People keep trying to rank Florida's schools with those of other states, but it isn't so easy, the Miami Herald reports.
ON OBAMA'S TEAM: A Homestead teacher is one of 13 chosen nationally to advise the USDOE on education reform, the Miami Herald reports.
WHAT IS HE THINKING? Critics question whether incoming university chancellor Frank Brogan ought to be pitching for a private development near Yeehaw Junction, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BE GREEN: Palm Beach schools focus on making their schools more environmentally friendly, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
'FREE MONEY': Lee schools can get $25 million in no-interest loans for construction through the stimulus package, if the board wants to apply, the Naples Daily News reports.
HE STILL LOVES THEM: Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson backs away from a statement saying 70 percent of teachers are ineffective, issuing a letter saying they're doing great, the Palm Beach Post reports.
COME ON IN: Brevard reconsiders its policy banning organizations like the Boy Scouts from visiting schools, Florida Today reports.
LABOR NEWS: Orange ends its impasse with an offer of $500 bonuses for teachers, the Orlando Sentinel reports.