Florida education news: Budget cuts, pre-game prayer, music lessons and more
BUDGET CUTS: Hillsborough district officials struggle to keep costs down and maintain reserves while continuing to operate normally amid a financial crisis.
PRAYER: Cambridge Christian School files suit against the FHSAA after the organization would not allow public prayer at a state championship football game.
TURNAROUNDS: Leaders of Polk County's most struggling schools meet with parents and community members to discuss their efforts, the Ledger reports.
PROPERTY SWAP: The Monroe school district trades land with the city of Key West and the local Boys and Girls Club, the Citizen reports.
MERGER: The Manatee School Board hires an architect to begin planning for the proposed merging of Johnson Middle and Wakeland Elementary, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Lee School Board gives superintendent Greg Adkins some new objectives to accomplish, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. * Palm Beach students drill superintendent Robert Avossa on issues including teacher evaluations and sports funding, the Palm Beach Post reports. * The St. Johns School Board prepares to meet its four superintendent finalists, the St. Augustine Record reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Volusia School Board unanimously rejects a new charter school proposal, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
LEADERSHIP: Ten Orange County schools will share five 'master principals,' the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TEACHER SHORTAGE: The Citrus County school district still needs to fill 28 teaching jobs, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
MUSIC LESSONS: A program that puts instruments into students' hands returns to Leon elementary schools, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.