Florida education news: Bus fees, school health clinics, enrollment declines and more
FOR THE CORE: Hernando County School Board members make mindless arguments against Common Core that further demonstrate the need for such standards, columnist Dan DeWitt writes.
PAY TO RIDE: The Lake School Board agrees to let parents living closer than 2 miles from school to pay a fee for their children to have bus rides, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
HEALTHY KIDS: A Miami-based foundation supports school-based health clinics as a new model for schools, State Impact Florida reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Manatee School Board and teachers union reach a collaborative contract agreement for the first time in four years, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Dozens of UF graduate assistants have their pay held up by a paperwork backlog, the Gainesville Sun reports.
SHRINKING: Imagine School at North Port sees its enrollment slide after a year spent battling over management and leadership, the Herald-Tribune reports. • FAMU experiences a second year of drastic enrollment declines, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
DELAY: The Manatee School Board postpones its final budget hearing after acknowledging it failed to provide adequate public notice, the Bradenton Herald reports.
DISAPPOINTED: A Polk community meeting to tell parents about the district's operations draws more employees than parents, the Ledger reports.
HANDS-ON: Flagler launches a new high school program focusing on problem-solving skills, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
RANKINGS: Florida colleges and universities celebrate their spots on the annual US News and World Report "best colleges" list, the Orlando Sentinel reports.