Today's education news: Pink slips, head lice, dress codes and more
DEAL WITH IT: Lakewood High has its share of disciplinary issues. Its principal and staff look for ways to modify bad behavior rather than punish it. (Times photo, Melissa Lytle)
UNEVEN ENFORCEMENT: Hernando finds not all students are treated the same when it comes to the dress code.
WHAT DID SHE DO? Months later, Pinellas releases its report detailing the reasons behind former John Hopkins Middle principal Maureen Thornton's removal.
NOT GUILTY: The eighth graders of Espiritu Santu school puts Milton from Of Mice and Men on mock trial.
A HIT TO THE ENVIRONMENT: Lee's environmental education program suffers big cuts as the district slashes spending, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
PINK SLIPS: Okaloosa tells its 300 annual contract teachers they won't be renewed, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
MORE CHOICES: Collier expands its career academy options, the Naples Daily News reports.
HELPING MORE STUDENTS SUCCEED: Collier slides into its Response to Intervention system with greater focus on what teachers are doing to help their students, the Naples Daily News reports.
THE SENATE MAKES THEM HAPPY: Florida's education leaders are pleased with the Senate's spending plan, which doesn't cut funding nearly as much as expected, Myfoxorlando.com reports. But will the House agree? The leadership there doesn't seem on the same page with the Senate, Times Tallahassee bureau chief Steve Bousquet writes.
WHERE DID ALL THAT MONEY GO? An audit reveals that Broward's food services department — which is supposed to be self-sufficient — has lost $22 million over five years, the Miami Herald reports.
ICK: Englewood Elementary parents complain the Sarasota school is overrun with head lice, the Herald-Tribune reports.
GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL: A FAMU alum is found guilty in a federal grade tampering case at the school, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Volusia-based writing coach Melissa Forney.