Today's education news: College savings, virtual education, prayer in school and more
KICKOFF TO THE FUTURE: Zephyrhills High seniors get into the graduation spirit with the school's annual powderpuff football game. (Times photo, Keri Wiginton)
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Steve Forbes tells Eckerd College grads that there's a chance for success even when times are tough.
MAKE THEM STAY: Misbehaving students belong in school, not on the streets, and Duval's suspension centers are a positive step toward helping such kids, the Florida Times-Union editorializes.
COLLECTING FOR COLLEGE: A Polk second-grade teacher has her class gather pennies to learn about money, saving and hard work. The student who has the highest GPA in 2019 will get the money -- plus added contributions -- for college, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
TALKING TAXES: Central Florida education leaders are examining the pros and cons of raising local taxes to help pay for critical operating needs, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TAKE IT ONLINE: Edison State College is expanding by thousands of students but without extra construction by boosting its virtual education offerings, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
BUDGET NEWS: Manatee considers meal-price hikes for the third year in a row, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Collier private schools see increasing need for fundraisers as more students request financial aid, the Naples Daily News reports. • Alachua shrinks its summer school to almost nothing, the Gainesville Sun reports. • Sarasota reassigns nearly 10 percent of its teachers, including some layoffs, the Herald-Tribune reports.
DON'T STOP, DON'T DROP: Florida universities are finding ways in addition to financial aid to help students meet their economic demands and remain in school, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TROUBLED LIVES, WORSE RESULTS: A study of Alachua student records shows that students with the worst home lives also had the worst academic performance, the Gainesville Sun reports.
TWEET ALERT: A growing number of Florida districts use Twitter to get their messages out, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
BIG PROBLEMS: Santa Rosa's superintendent has to deal with insubordination by those employees who refuse to comply with the district's agreements not to use prayer in schools, the Pensacola News-Journal editorializes.