Florida education news: Walking to school, giving college advice, seeking grants and more
TAKE A HIKE: More than 40 children trek from their neighborhood to nearby Trinity Elementary in Pasco as part of a walking school bus. It gets them some exercise, while also easing school traffic. (Times photo, Keri Wiginton)
DO THE RIGHT THING: Across the nation (starting with the University of Miami), college students convince their administrations to dump Russell Athletic America as their T-shirt providers until the company reformed its personnel practices, columnist Robyn Blumner writes.
SOMETHING SPECIAL: A tiny Miami-Dade private school provides customized education for its students and reaps big results, the Miami Herald reports.
CLASS SIZE CONCERNS: A coalition of central Florida school districts says full implementation of the class size amendment will force decisions that are not educationally or fiscally sound, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
MEETING NEEDS: Jacksonville University reforms its teacher education program to put lessons more in line with what area schools are looking for, the Florida Times-Union reports.
COLLEGE QUESTIONS? Ask Ali. She's a former Sarasota high school student who now blogs about how to get into college, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SPORTS SAFETY: Not every Lee high school has athletic trainers, putting students at risk, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
WHERE'S THE BLACK HISTORY? A task force suggests that nearly all Florida school districts fail to adequately incorporate black history into their curriculum, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Escambia teachers and staff seek raises despite economy, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
NOTHING FOR GRANTED: Sarasota and Manatee teachers seek grants to bolster their lessons, the Herald-Tribune reports.