Florida education news: Vacation studies, rating schools, hiring teachers and more
STUDY HARD: Winter break becomes review time for Hillsborough County high school students as the district doesn't end the first semester until after classes resume. (Times file photo)
SECURITY CONCERNS: Pasco County School Board members take a cautious approach to changing security measures in the wake of last week's shooting at a Bay County board meeting.
BUS DRIVER DIES: Students from a Pasco charter school take charge when their bus driver collapses while taking them to school.
TEACHERS NEEDED: Class size requirements will make hiring classroom teachers a priority for Lee and Collier counties, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
DO IT RIGHT: Florida lawmakers need to find a valid way to rate schools and teachers, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.
MORE GRAD PROGRAMS: Florida Gulf Coast University adds more master's and doctorate programs to meet the economic needs of southwest Florida, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SOLD: Ginger's purse nets $13,100 for a local charity, the Panama City News-Herald reports.
DRY AT LAST: One of Orange County's two oldest high schools gets new digs, and a respite from the rain, the Orlando Sentinel reports.