Florida education news: UF online courses, magnet schools, dirty dancing and more
GET STARTED: Newly appointed Pinellas superintendent Mike Grego takes the helm on Wednesday.
UF FOR FREE: The University of Florida will begin offering "massive open online courses" without charge early next year, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
FIGHTING BACK: Florida Gulf Coast University students start a petition protesting budget cuts to their school, ABC 7 reports.
TRANSFORMATION: Duval parents and school officials review the pros and cons of turning a neighborhood school into a dedicated magnet, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TOO CLOSE: A St. Lucie school cancels its homecoming dance amid concerns about student dirty dancing, the St. Lucie Tribune reports.
MOVING ON: Broward Teachers Union members hope the election of a new president can propel the group past its recent scandals, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
ANOTHER PATH: Marion district officials continue planning to open an alternative school despite losing a tax referendum that was to fund the project, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Polk uses a career academy with small classes to reach struggling high school students, the Ledger reports.
STEP UP: Polk teachers reach a tentative contract agreement that will pay them salary step increases this year, the Ledger reports.
FREE TO BE: The Orange school district considers expanding its nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity, the Orlando Sentinel reports.