Today's education news: Virtual schooling, FCAT confusion, threatened teachers and more
THOSE RULES DON'T APPLY: Hillsborough Community College says it doesn't have to abide Tampa's design guidelines as it builds in Ybor City.
SCHOOL BRAWL: Gang threats fly as a fight breaks out at Central High in Hernando.
TEACHERS FEEL THREATENED: Pinellas board members talk about how to handle the growing problem of black students intimidating white teachers.
EDUCATION CAN WORK ONLINE: Florida's embrace of virtual K-8 school programs puts the state in the middle of a growing international trend, PC World reports
FCAT CONFUSION: Some of the tests are missing "field test questions," and the instructions on how to deal with it are worrying some Polk teachers and students, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
AT LEAST LET US MEET FOR NOW: Two Nassau students who are suing for the right to run a Gay-Straight Alliance ask a judge to permit the club to meet while their case is pending, the Florida Times-Union reports.
HARDER TO GET IN: A spike in applications makes admission to Florida Atlantic University even tougher, the Palm Beach Post reports.
CLASS-SIZE DEBATE CONTINUES: Expect a spirited back and forth on the amendment as Florida lawmakers seek to cut its cost, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
THEY DIDN'T MEAN TO SCARE YOU: Broward sends letters to parents of all eighth-graders reminding them that their kids have to take a career education course to avoid being held back, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SCHOOLS CLOSING: Santa Rosa examines shutting down one of its smaller rural schools, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • Escambia agrees to close the only school in one of the county's northern towns, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
STUDENTS SEEK FUEL SOLUTION: Some Flagler high school students help devise a plan to move the district's buses to biodiesel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.