Florida education news: virtual school, women's studies, sales tax and more
ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVE: Swine flu vaccinations begin in Hillsborough schools. A district survey showed about half of families plan to participate. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)
ONLINE SUCCESS: Pasco's virtual school draws hundreds more students than expected.
THE SURVEY SAYS ... St. Petersburg residents perceive the quality of their schools as slipping.
PARENTS WIN: In Hernando, the School Board backs off plans that would have ended guarantees that younger siblings get into magnet schools their older family members attend.
FUNDRAISING: USF launches a $600 million capital campaign, shrugging at the poor economy.
ACCUSED TEACHER STAYS: A Hernando teacher who faced termination over his marijuana use outside school instead cuts a deal to keep his job.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Anclote Elementary rewards budding writers
TIME TO LISTEN: Palm Beach parents and school officials need to move beyond complaints over the district's new testing program toward honest discussion over the matter, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.
STAY AWAY: The Martin School Board approves an agreement with the St. Lucie board that will prevent St. Lucie teens from attending a charter school in Martin, the Stuart News reports.
ALL ABOUT WOMEN: A Palm Beach high school becomes one of the few to offer a women's studies course, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
STEP IT UP: Watchdogs urge Broward officials to act more quickly when audits turn up construction problems, the Miami Herald reports.
NEVER MIND: Lee board members decide not to censure colleague Bob Chilmonik after all, saying perhaps they can work out their differences more amicably, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
FALLING SHORT: Orange's sales tax for school construction appears unlikely to fund all the promised projects, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Brevard officials claim the local teachers union is using bad budget numbers to talk insurance costs, Florida Today reports.