Florida education news: big moment for USF, surprise resignations, the Senate leader's vision and more
BIG LEAGUE: The Florida Board of Governors is poised to award “emerging preeminence” status to the University of South Florida in Tampa, bringing the school a step closer to pulling even with UF and FSU.
SURPRISE: Hernando County deputy superintendent Eric Williams shocks many in the school district by submitting his resignation.
WHAT NEXT: Embattled Alachua County school superintendent Owen Roberts resigns on Tuesday following poor evaluations from three School Board members. An uproar ensues, The Gainesville Sun reports.
LOOKING AHEAD: Joe Negron, incoming president of the Florida Senate, says higher education will be his top priority next session, with more money for Bright Futures, scholarships for low-income students, and performance-based funding for universities, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
IN TROUBLE: The principal and a teacher at Atlantic High are reprimanded after a three-month investigation finds they were responsible for a fire-breathing stunt gone bad in the gym, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NEW HIRE: New College of Florida has a new dean of student affairs, Robin Williamson, who moves over from Texas Christian University, the Bradenton Herald reports.
RECORDS CHECK: Emails reveal decisions by Lee County school officials before and after a sexual incident in a restroom at South Fort Myers High, The News-Press reports.
GREENER GRASS: Duval County School Board member Jason Fischer resigns to run for the state House District 16 seat, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SEEDS OF CHANGE: About two dozen girls learn the basics of architecture and engineering at a camp that aims to change the gender imbalance in the STEM workforce, the Panama City News Herald reports.