Florida education news: Teacher internships, reading lessons, student mentors and more
FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCES: Some Pinellas leaders worry that expansion in the district's fundamental schools program will lead to a two-tiered education system. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)
ON THE JOB TRAINING: Some Hillsborough teachers take summer internships to learn real-life applications of the math and science they teach.
JUST SAY NO: A Hernando anti-drug teacher faces dismissal for using them.
GED NO LONGER AN OPTION: Another report on the demise of the GED exit option for high schoolers, this time from the Orlando Sentinel.
LEARNING TO READ: Nearly a third of Brevard high school students are not reading at grade level, even as the state requires schools to have higher percentages of kids reading adequately. Some experts say the instruction method is off, Florida Today reports.
PASS-FAIL: A dozen Lee schools make the grade in Florida's school rating system, but fall short of the federal standard, the Naples Daily News reports.
COLLEGE ENVY: Manatee Technical Institute seeks to become a college as a way to lure more students, the Bradenton Herald reports.
A VERY LONG YEAR: Lee schools will run two weeks longer than other districts, thanks to many more days off in the middle, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NO SMOKING: Florida Atlantic University becomes the latest university in the state to announce it will go tobacco free, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NO REGRETS: A Santa Rosa principal has no apologies over allowing prayer at a school event, even as he faces possible jail time, the Pensacola News Journal reports.
WANTED: MORE MENTORS: Leon schools seek more community members to volunteer as mentors for struggling students, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.