Florida education news: Teacher evaluations, performance pay, free lunches and more
WHERE THEY BELONG: Two Hernando teachers — one younger, one older — say teaching is their calling despite all the political changes affecting their profession. (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
BE SMART: Pasco school officials offer hints for getting kids safely to and from school.
GROWING STRONG: Flagler and Volusia see their charter schools expand as parents seek options for their children, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
WHAT ABOUT US? Florida educators who don't teach courses directly related to the FCAT worry about how new performance pay laws will affect them, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
FIND IT ONLINE: Florida high school students must take a virtual course to graduate beginning this year, a requirement that's not universally praised, the Miami Herald reports.
GET TO THE HUB: Some Manatee parents are upset with the school district's new bus stop system for special programs, the Bradenton Herald reports.
MORE POVERTY: Collier and Lee schools prepare for an explosion in numbers of students getting free and reduced price meals, the Naples Daily News reports.
KEEPING WATCH: Jacksonville's mayor hires the city's first education commissioner, the Florida Times-Union reports.
PRICEY PLAN: Palm Beach schools expect to spend about $19 million to comply with class size rules, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Florida university students turn to online services to find compatible roommates, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
RECORD NUMBERS: St. Johns schools expect their largest enrollment ever as one of Florida's few growing districts, the St. Augustine Record reports.