Today's education news: Missing board members, Jeb at the USDOE, Twittering districts and more
NO MORE BOOZE, PLEASE: The University of Tampa fights a restaurant owner's plan to sell hard liquor near campus. "We're concerned about our student safety," dean of students Bob Ruday said. (Times photo, Alex Zayas)
THE TROUBLE WITH ABSENCES: Pasco board member Cathi Martin misses another meeting, sparking upset among her colleagues and the people attending a teacher discipline hearing.
TOO MANY WEEDS: St. Petersburg College tries to remove all the invasive species from its new environmental center in Seminole.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Challenger K8 students learn prehistoric hunting technology • Hernando High School goes global for World Languages Week • Gulf Trace Elementary program brings moms, kids together to bond • Bishop Larkin students learn lessons rooted in the earth
GUESS WHO'S VISITING ARNE DUNCAN: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, that's who. The Chicago Tribune reports the men talked about tuition vouchers.
A COLLEGE BY ANY OTHER NAME: Florida Community College at Jacksonville changes its name to Florida State College at Jacksonville, the Florida Times-Union reports.
EVEN SYMBOLISM ISN'T EASY: Orange board members can't find agreement in how to slash their own salaries, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TWEET: Broward schools begin offering Twitter service about the latest district news, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
STILL PLANNING FOR THE WORST: Palm Beach officials prepare for a $100 million funding cut that doesn't rely on federal money, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • FAMU gets ready to slash millions, too, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
CUTTING SPORTS: The FHSAA announces a plan to reduce by 20 percent the number of games all member schools may play, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
KIDS HAVE RIGHTS TOO: Santa Rosa signs a decree ending a lawsuit that accused the district of promoting religion to students, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.