Florida education news: swine flu, teacher morale, low-income schools and more
SICK DAY: Tampa area schools expect an absentee rate as high as 30 percent within a month after the first day of classes because of swine flu. (istockphoto.com)
LOW MORALE: A climate survey shows that Pinellas teachers are unhappy, with concerns over pay and principals leading the way.
HAPPY TOGETHER: Leaders of the newly formed Madeira Beach K-8 say things are clicking after the merger of three schools into one.
BACK TO THE CLASSROOM: Top Broward administrators will substitute in classrooms this year to save the district $200,000 in sub expenses, the Miami Herald reports.
OOPS: Sarasota's school tax rate is messed up on the TRIM notice, forcing the county to reprint and resend them all, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SEND IN THE KIDS: Manatee teachers head back to their classrooms to get ready for the first day of class, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LIKE HIM OR NOT: The Collier board spars over its so-so evaluation of its superintendent, the Naples Daily News reports.
GETTING POORER: Lee schools see a slide in family incomes, prompting changes in its Title I programs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
KEEPING KIDS IN SCHOOL: Orange's antitruancy program is working, and with tweaks could become even more effective, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Santa Rosa bus drivers are fighting for raises, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.