Florida education news: Back to school, university funding, pre-k and more
BACK TO SCHOOL: Students returned to classes in Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties on Monday; Hillsborough children begin today. • Broward officials celebrate an opening day without student busing problems, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Polk parents complain about major busing changes affecting their children, the Ledger reports. • One Collier school is greeted by a bear in a tree, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TALK IS CHEAP: Florida lawmakers need to invest in the state's university system and not just say they want improvements, the Times editorializes.
FIELD TRIP: Students at a Broward charter school start the year taking a bus to a temporary location while their campus is completed, the Miami Herald reports.
FUNDING NEEDS: Sarasota superintendent Lori White talks about the need for voters to renew a local option tax in a Q&A with the Herald-Tribune.
EARLY EDUCATION: Duval schools expand their prekindergarten class availability to focus on narrowing the achievement gap, the Florida Times-Union reports.
RAINED OUT: A Panama City elementary school postpones the start of school for a second day because of weather damage, the Panama City News-Herald reports.
A BETTER JOB: Manatee superintendent Rick Mills talks about improving his district's academic and financial performance moving into a new year in a Q&A with the Herald-Tribune.
LABOR NEWS: UF graduate assistants win a 4.4 percent raise, the Gainesville Sun.