Florida education news: Teaching subs, renting schools, riding bikes and more
SEEKING RESPECT: Hillsborough's Leto High aims to shed its image as one of the district's worst high schools. (Times photo of principal Victor Fernandez)
ANOTHER TUITION HIKE: Manatee Community College increases its cost by 12 percent as enrollment keeps growing, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NO OPPORTUNITIES: Manatee's technical high school drops its travel agent courses and replaces them with a more relevant marketing program, the Bradenton Herald reports.
HELPING SUBS: A group of substitute teachers from across the country gathers in Lee to talk best practices, the Naples Daily News reports. (Organizers had hoped for a bigger turnout, but heck, subs don't make that much now, do they?)
OUTSOURCING: Edison College will provide space for Boston Reed College to offer medical assistant classes, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. It's cheaper than starting their own program, after all.
PAY UP: Clay raises the rent on churches and other organizations that use schools when classes aren't in session, the Florida Times-Union reports.
HERE'S WHAT YOU OWE: Some Florida universities send letters home to students telling them the new Bright Futures scholarship rules, the Stuart News reports.
SHOW THEM THE MONEY: Citrus sues Regions Bank over nearly $700,000 in missing funds, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
CONSIDERING THAT TAX: Bay officials look to increasing the local property tax, but worry it would take too long to collect the revenue, the Panama City News Herald reports. • Broward backs away from the tax, saying it wouldn't generate enough money, the Miami Herald reports. • St. Johns leaders investigate the possibilities of tacking on the tax, the St. Augustine Record reports.
WALK INSTEAD: Florida Atlantic University had a program to let students share bicycles to get around campus — until all the bikes disappeared, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LAYOFFS IMMINENT: FAMU makes major budget cuts and prepares to let some employees go, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
'NO PARENT LEFT BEHIND': A Manatee elementary school offers parents classes in English and computers so they can help their kids in school, the Herald-Tribune reports.