Florida education news: Busing, address verification, open enrollment and more
STUDENT BUSING: Hillsborough School Board chairwoman Cindy Stuart explains why the district decided to eliminate several courtesy bus routes.
CLASS SIZE: Most central Florida school districts met Florida's class size mandate, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
FUNDING: Senate Appropriations chairman Jack Latvala says K-12 funding depends on capturing property value increases in local tax rates, the News Service of Florida reports.
OVERHAUL: Marion County's new superintendent continues to revamp the district's leadership, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • A Palm Beach high school's administration is replaced in the aftermath of a student attack on an assistant principal, the Palm Beach Post reports. • The Jefferson school district lays off eight district-level employees in its budget balancing efforts, WFSU reports. • The Leon school district hires a consultant to help plan its administrative reorganization, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
ARRESTED: An Osceola district administrator is arrested in a prostitution sting, the AP reports.
ADDRESS VERIFICATION: The Palm Beach school district nears completion of its investigation into whether families lied about addresses to get their children into crowded schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
OPEN ENROLLMENT: Some Manatee school district leaders examine whether the A grade of Sarasota schools will lure students from Manatee's tougher campuses, the Bradenton Herald reports.
EMINENT DOMAIN: The Marion school district plans to fight in court to take land for a new school, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Several students face expulsion after a gang fight at an Alachua high school, the Gainesville Sun reports.
CONSTRUCTION WOES: The Bay school district encounters unexpected price increases in its effort to reconstruct a stadium, the Panama City News Herald reports.
HELP WANTED: Palm Beach schools need dozens of crossing guards, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LABOR NEWS: Sarasota district emplyees ratify a new contract with 4 percent raises, the Herald-Tribune reports.