Florida education news: USF protest, Pell Grant suspension, school volunteers and more
CONGRATS: Pinellas teacher of the year Lisa Fagan-Brown gets a hero's welcome when she arrives at school Thursday. (Times photo, Scott Keeler)
COURSE PROTEST: A conservative organization organizes an e-mail campaign against USF's course exploring "queer theory."
FIXING THE FINANCES: The City of Palm Bay approves plans to correct money problems plaguing its municipal charter school, Florida Today reports.
KEEPING IT WARM INSIDE: Marion officials continue to debate the value of having an interruptible service agreement with Progress Energy. Two want the deal ended immediately, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
MOVING STUDENTS TO SEATS: Collier rezones nearly 2,000 students to meet the state's class size requirements, the Naples Daily News reports.
LOST AID: About 1,000 State College of Florida students learn their Pell Grants have been suspended as federal financial aid rules change, the Bradenton Herald reports.
MENTORS IN RED: Volunteers in the City Year corps program are helping students in eight high-needs Miami-Dade schools, the Miami Herald reports.
USING UP SICK DAYS: Polk superintendent Gail McKinzie will use more than 100 sick and vacation days to retire early, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
LATE FILERS: Florida Department of Education officials say they would have worked to help school districts join the Race to the Top after the deadline, if they had asked, the Orlando Sentinel reports.