Florida education news: USF fund raising, teacher complaints, school rent and more
LOSS OF LOCAL CONTROL: St. John's school officials say they don't like Race to the Top because it takes away their ability to lead, the Florida Times-Union reports.
GOOD LUCK: Former US education secretary Margaret Spellings tells a Naples crowd that Race to the Top could work if done properly, the Naples Daily News reports. (Collier is one of the districts that hasn't joined in.)
ON THE DECLINE: Smaller numbers of Lee and Collier teachers seek national certification as state support for the program dries up, the Naples Daily News reports.
NEW STUFF: Seminole State College opens a new library and kicks off its first four-year degree program when classes resume next week, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NO MORE FREEBIES: Escambia ends the practice of near-zero rent for nonprofits and churches to use the district's buildings during non-class hours, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
BALANCING ACT: Alachua schools try to find a comfortable thermostat setting without breaking the bank as temperatures plummet, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with University of Florida education dean Catherine Emihovich.