Florida education news: Tardiness, science lessons, shopping and more
stricter practices on tardiness, bathroom breaks and other interruptions as they aim to improve their academic performance. (Photo from Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools)
TUNING UP: Nature Coast Technical High's new band director — its third since January — tries to put the band back in marching order.
COOL SCIENCE: FSU chemistry professor Harold Kroto uses video and the Internet to create a site that makes science, math and technology accessible to kids.
A-PLUS FUNDS: Florida could put its school recognition money to more effective use, the Times editorializes.
A NEW SYSTEM: Florida puts a new high school grading methodology in place, the Palm Beach Post reports.
A LITTLE BOOST: Brevard uses its Title I stimulus money to shrink classes, buy supplies and otherwise improve the lot of its poorest students, Florida Today reports.
NOW THAT'S HANDS-ON: Students in Immokalee's technical programs open the area's newest mall, the Naples Daily News reports.
WHY CAN'T POLK READ? The Lakeland Ledger begins a four-part series looking into why Polk's tenth-grade FCAT reading results lag so far behind other grades and other Florida districts.
FIRING OFFENSE? Florida Keys Community College trustees consider dumping their president, who's been accused of creating a hostile work environment, the Miami Herald reports.
FAMU'S MONEY CRUNCHER: Teresa Hardee has the task of keeping once troubled Florida A&M on the clean financial path, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.