Florida education news: USF Polytechnic independence, Florida's budget shortfalls, Race to the Top money and more
SPECIAL DELIVERY: MacFarlane Park Elementary parents find a way to skirt Hillsborough school rules and continue their lunch delivery fund raiser. (Times file photo)
STAY PUT: USF trustees oppose allowing the school's Lakeland campus from separating into its own standalone university.
SICK LEAVE: Pinellas school officials consider a cap on future unused sick leave payouts amid talk that the checks represent big money each year.
MORE PAIN: Florida's latest economic forecast for 2012 offers bad news for schools, other government functions, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
BAD BUSINESS: Key Brevard school maintenance officials lose their jobs as bidding improprieties surface, Florida Today reports.
MONEY SAVER: St. Lucie schools begin using textbook tracking software to keep books where they're needed most, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
BE SUSPICIOUS: Experts warn against many online scholarship offers that aren't what they seem, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SHOW THEM THE MONEY: Okaloosa teachers want to know why Race to the Top money hasn't been directed to bonuses for them, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
GRADE CHANGING: A Miami-Dade principal changed a student-athlete's grades so he would be eligible for scholarships, the Miami Herald reports.