Florida education news: Cat dissections, prom photos, expired food and more
CUTBACKS: The University of South Florida prepares to eliminate expendable degree programs.
PROM LESSONS: Pasco school district officials find that River Ridge High prom planners did not distribute the photo of a girl ahead of time to keep her out. The entire prom affair was filled with teachable moments if anyone had sought to teach them, columnist Sue Carlton writes.
SCIENCE CLASS: Some Palm Beach parents oppose cat dissections in their children's classes, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
A LITTLE HELP: The Citrus School Board turns to its employee union asking for acceptance of about $1 million in negotiable budget cuts, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • Three Brevard schools have their last day of classes ever, Florida Today reports.
NO THANKS: The Palm Beach sheriff rejects an offer for his department to take over policing the school district, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SEARCHING: Polk's choice for superintendent withdraws from two other job searches to take the district's top job, the Ledger reports. • Lee board members remain unclear as to whether they'll have a national superintendent search, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TRUTH IN GRADING: Volusia's superintendent fights to increase a high school's state grade, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
CHALLENGES: The Orange School Board chairman says the district struggles to meet all building needs but says the schools are safe, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ICK: Alachua food and nutrition officials take steps to make sure cafeterias don't serve food after its expiration date, the Gainesville Sun reports.