Florida education news: Top prof, scholarships, testing and more
TOP TIER: St. Petersburg College professor Tony Smith makes the Princeton Review's top 300 professors list.
STRUGGLE FROM THE START: Hillsborough's scholarship program for aspiring teachers never had a solid fund raising foundation.
STILL GOING STRONG: Pinellas celebrates 20 years of its successful Doorways scholarship program to help low-income students pay for higher education.
TRY, TRY AGAIN: Hernando's superintendent offers his fourth attempt to reorganize his administration in two years.
STANDING FIRM: The Hillsborough school district did the right thing in not caving in to demands to ban some speakers from schools, the Times editorializes.
SECOND PATH: Many Florida high school students turn to the SAT and ACT as alternatives to the FCAT graduation requirement, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Students begin taking the FCAT on Monday, the Miami Herald reports. • Brevard students get some last-minute test prep, Florida Today reports.
TEXTBOOKS VS. TEACHERS: The Seminole school district will use some of its textbook funds to meet its payroll, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
BULLYING LAWSUIT: A Palm Beach family sues the school district for failing to prevent their child from bullying at school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
ROOTING OUT CORRUPTION: The Palm Beach school district comes closer to hiring an inspector general, the Palm Beach Post reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Pasco schools food and nutrition services director Rick Kurtz.