Florida education news: text messages, remedial schooling, charter school debt and more
USE COMMON SENSE: Hernando County schools consider setting rules for teachers who want to send text messages to students. Issues with social networking and texting can cause problems for teachers, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
OFF AND RUNNING: All three Hillsborough School Board incumbents up for re-election face opposition.
DO IT AGAIN: More than half of students entering Florida's higher education system require some remediation, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
PRE-K IS KEY: Lee kindergarteners who took prekindergarten outperform the children who did not in kindergarten, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
WORTH IT: The Herald-Tribune backs extension of a local property tax for schools, saying the district has seen academic growth since the tax first took effect. Voting begins today, the Herald-Tribune reports.
ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVE: Collier teachers complain about a requirement to give a blood sample to qualify for a district health plan, the Naples Daily News reports.
FISCAL TROUBLE: Two Imagine charter schools in Manatee County face a combined debt of nearly $1 million, the Herald-Tribune reports.
WHO DO YOU KNOW? The Bay School Board re-examines its policy governing contracts made with companies where the spouse or children of a board member or the superintendent is employed, the Panama City News Herald reports.