Florida education news: Teacher of the year, open meetings, bullying and more
TOP TEACHERS: Pinellas names its teacher of the year finalists. (Times photo, Scott Keeler)
IT'S JUST CIVICS: Hillsborough Durant High School ignites tea party criticism with the creation of its new "social justice" club.
MAXIMUM PENALTY: If a FAMU student died because of hazing, the marching band and anyone associated with any hazing or cover up should be punished fully, the Times editorializes.
LET THE SUN SHINE: Manatee School Board members might have violated the state open meetings law, the Herald-Tribune reports.
ALL ABOUT FOOTBALL: A Palm Beach community rallies to the support of four high school football players accused of sexually assaulting a girl at school, the Palm Beach Post reports.
OUTRAGED: A Monroe mom is angry that the school district isn't doing enough to protect her daughter from a boy who allegedly sexually harassed her, the Keynoter reports.
NO MORE GIFTS: A Volusia charity that supported school teachers is closing, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Rep. Bill Proctor, chairman of the Florida House Education Committee.