Today's education news: Gifted education, exam exemptions, university presidents and more
GROWING GIFTED: Hernando considers expanding its gifted education program beyond Explorer K8, which has quickly grown overcrowded.
LITTLE MOVEMENT ON SALES TAX EXEMPTIONS: Despite the talk about eliminating many of these loopholes, Florida lawmakers are looking less likely to act on the issue.
FORGET EXAM EXEMPTIONS: Hillsborough should not excuse students from exams because of good attendance, columnist Ernest Hooper writes.
MORE CELL TOWER COMPLAINTS: Parents at Cimino Elementary in Valrico are concerned they didn't get any notice that a cell tower would be coming to their school.
FLIP THAT SWITCH: Manatee leaders consider a student's idea of running a contest to see which school can save the most money through energy efficiency, the Bradenton Herald reports.
GROUP MAY MEET: A judge orders Nassau officials to allow the Gay-Straight Alliance to meet at Yulee High while the students' lawsuit over the club winds its way through court, the Florida Times-Union reports.
WHO HIRES THE PRESIDENT? Lawmakers move ahead a bill that would allow Florida university boards of trustees sole authority to pick their leaders, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
CUTS MIGHT THREATEN SECURITY: St. Lucie leaders say the district might not be able to afford its share of the school resource officer budget, and suggest a special tax might be in order, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH: The Palm Beach board rejects an offer to slash the rental fee for a graduation ceremony venue, saying it wants an even better deal, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BOARD CUTS ITS OWN PAY: Bay School Board members reduce their salary by 2 percent and say they might take another cut later, the Panama City News-Herald reports.