Florida education news: Texting and driving, private school enrollment, FCAT results and more
DON'T DO IT: As teens prepare for a summer filled with driving, some Tampa area schools bring the "It Can Wait" message about the dangers of texting and driving to their students. (Times photo, Daniel Wallace)
UPTURN: Tampa area private schools see their enrollments rebound.
OVER: The Pasco School Board ends its social studies textbook adoption controversy without a word.
ANOTHER ONE: Florida gets another task force to study the state's higher education needs.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Chocachatti Elementary students compete in the "science olympics" • 15 Ridgewood High seniors will graduate with nursing assistant certificates • Weeki Wachee High partners with Withlacoochee River Electric for its power and energy curriculum
OPTIONS: Miami-Dade school district officials talk about legal action against the state if new FCAT results disproportionately affect any group of students, the Miami Herald reports. • Increasing standards and not running away from bad results is what Florida schools need, Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab writes.
LABOR NEWS: Hundreds of Palm Beach teachers pack their School Board meeting to demand step increases, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FIRED: A Sarasota teacher suspected of being drunk at school is fired for refusing to take a drug test, the Herald-Tribune reports.
NEVER MISSED: A Broward senior is recognized for perfect attendance since kindergarten, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
RULES: Monroe School Board members can't agree on how strict to be with their superintendent job qualifications as they review applicants, the Keynoter reports.
TAXES: The Alachua School Board will ask voters to continue a 1-mill property tax to support school operations, the Gainesville Sun reports.