Florida education news: Truancy, community service, longer school year and more
TRUANCY MATTERS: Pinellas Circuit Judge Irene Sullivan talks about her philosophy of running truancy court. Her goal is to get kids successful in school, then successful in life.
UPBEAT: FAMU Law has a new attitude as it turns itself around.
NO MORE RED FACES: Lakeland High School's new principal works to make sure the school doesn't receive any more D grades from the state, the Lakeland Ledger reports. • Bay High has similar desires, the Panama City News Herald reports.
CONFLICTING MISSIONS: As USF and State College of Florida in Manatee and Sarasota fight over four-year degree programs, and the state needs to redefine the governance structure that once worked well for community colleges and universities, the Herald-Tribune editorializes.
CAMPAIGN WORK CAN COUNT: Collier will let students earn community service credit working on political campaigns — but only if they're nonpartisan races, the Naples Daily News reports. • Alachua aims to control employees' political activities, as well, the Gainesville Sun reports.
MORE SCHOOL? With spending cuts continuing, a longer school year isn't likely for Florida, the Gainesville Sun reports. • The idea gets mixed reviews in Panama City schools, the Panama City News Herald reports.