Today's education news: Graduation, tuition, attendance and more
MAKING MEMORIES: Pasco High seniors kick off their graduation season with a yearbook release party. (Times photo, Keri Wiginton)
BOOK SMART: Pinellas students compete in the annual Battle of the Books.
HE DELIVERS: Hillsborough honors teacher Ross Anderson -- and gives him $10,000 -- for his mentoring work.
AND THE RULES ARE ... Hernando officials aim to clarify -- and make well understood -- the residency requirements for the district's magnet schools.
MORE MONEY, PLEASE: Lee superintendent James Browder recommends the district seek a one-year property tax increase to buffer budget cuts, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SAVE OUR TEACHERS: Students at a Leon charter school protest the dismissal of 37 teachers, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG: Florida Gulf Coast University leaders say they want to take advantage of their new authority to raise tuition by 15 percent, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
MOVING TIME: Orange finally makes progress on rebuilding troubled Evans High, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LIMITING LAYOFFS: UF president Bernie Machen says budget cuts will be less painful than expected, details to come next week, the Gainesville Sun reports. • Volusia officials say they'll try to find every employee a job even as fewer workers are needed, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
FEELING THE PINCH: Charlotte area private schools see enrollment dip and have trouble raising tuition as the economy slogs along, the Charlotte Sun reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Hernando School Board member James Yant.