Florida education news: A hiring scandal, a heated impasse, a busy school board election and more
MEA CULPA: The University of South Florida fires the leader of its advertising and mass communications school and makes changes after an independent review uncovers a serious lapse in the hiring process.
AT ODDS: Emotions simmer as the St. Johns County School Board, working into Friday morning, sides with its administration during an impasse hearing. The district and teachers union are headed back to the bargaining table, the St. Augustine Record reports.
CALLING ALL VOTERS: Miami-Dade County School Board members win reelection when no challengers emerge, but three other seats will be decided in the Aug. 30 primary, the Miami Herald reports.
MATH MYSTERY: Orange County officials are trying to find out why their algebra 2 passing rate was only 24 percent this year compared to 40 percent statewide, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TURNOVER TREND: Duval County schools will have 35 new principals next year, bringing the total number of principal changes under superintendent Nikolai Vitti to 155, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BEYOND THE THREE R'S: Representatives from CareerSource Florida urge the state Department of Education to start teaching students time-management, networking, listening and other skills that come in handy in the business world, the Sun Sentinel reports.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Lake County School District convenes a large committee to begin the process of picking a new superintendent, the Daily Commercial reports.
BIG IDEA: Officials at Florida Institute of Technology have been discussing the possibility of starting a for-profit medical school on the Melbourne campus, Florida Today reports.
COME AND GET IT: The federal government's summer food program is on full display in Indian River County, where lunch comes on a re-purposed school bus, TCPalm reports.