Florida education news: turnaround students, school soda ban, job cuts and more
TURNING IT AROUND: Pasco County schools honor 31 middle and high school students who get their acts together and set a path for academic success. (Times photo, Keri Wiginton)
THANKS $4 MILLION: One of Saint Leo University's online graduates gives the school its largest donation ever.
MAKING THE CASE: Pinellas gives Life Skills charter school a few more weeks to prove it deserves to remain open.
RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION: A bill to ban the practice passes the Florida House and moves to the Senate, the Palm Beach Post reports.
CUTTING FROM THE TOP: Broward schools eliminate 66 administrative jobs, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
ENOUGH ALREADY: Miami-Dade parents express frustration over standardized testing during a meeting with the superintendent, the Miami Herald reports.
HELPING THE FRESHMEN: St. Lucie prepares for ninth-grade academies in its high schools, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
ACCUSATIONS FLY: Some black residents accuse the Indian River district of racism for removing a top black official from its administrative flow chart, the Vero Beach Press Journal reports.
LABOR NEWS: Polk gives its top administrators the same 1.9 percent raise as other employees, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
LOVE THOSE WHITE BOARDS: A private school in Marion finds student interest up, discipline issues down after it begins using the interactive technology, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
DIET STILL OK: The Volusia School Board bans sugared sodas but lets diet drinks remain in campus vending machines, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
CONSTRUCTION OVERVIEW: The Orange School Board looks to outside reviewers to help root out waste in its construction and purchasing departments, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
INTERESTING OP-EDS: T. Willard Fair and F. Philip Handy on Race to the Top, Gainesville Sun