Florida education news: USF Polytechnic independence, charter school funding, online education and more
DAMAGE DONE: Pinellas Northeast High suffers $1 million in water damage as an electrical short causes sprinklers to go off. (Times photo, Melissa Lyttle)
STOP IT: The Florida Board of Governors should reject a bid to make USF Polytechnic independent, the Times editorializes.
FOCUS ON EDUCATION: Jacksonville's mayor wins a grant to add an education commissioner to his staff, the Florida Times-Union reports.
RE-FUNDED: Miami-Dade restores funding to a local charter school with stern warnings to perform better with special education students, the Miami Herald reports.
FACE TO FACE: Duval's virtual school creates an online newspaper to give its students a chance to work together, the Florida Times-Union reports.
EARLIER RETIREMENT: Embattled Edison State College president Kenneth Walker will retire sooner than planned, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
BAD IDEA: The Florida Dental Association criticizes UCF's plans to open a new dental school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
COSTLY DISPUTE: Polk charter schools and the school district spend thousands on legal fees to fight over funding, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
BRAIN DRAIN: Santa Fe College will lose several administrators to retirement over three years, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Mary Grace Sabella, migrant services specialist for Pasco County schools.