Florida education news: Charter schools, choice, grades and more
CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Pinellas charter school begins seeking a new, less troubled management company.
NO SMOKING: The University of South Florida implements a campus tobacco ban.
READINESS: Lake district officials want to see more students graduate prepared for college, the Daily Commercial reports.
SCHOOL GRADES: The Citrus School Board calls on the state to stop using test results to grade schools, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
LAWSUITS: The 2009 case challenging Florida's ability to provide all children a uniform and high quality education goes to trial in March, the Gainesville Sun reports.
ABSENTEEISM: A new Bay County civic group aims to get parents to improve their children's school attendance, the Panama City News Herald reports.
HANDS-ON: Students at a Brevard elementary school study "space school," Florida Today reports.
JOYLESS: A Duval teacher retires six months early because of all the micromanagement of teachers' jobs, the Florida Times-Union reports.
FUNDING: Palm Beach will cut back district administration to put more money into schools, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NAMING: Some community members want to talk about renaming an Orange middle school named after Robert E. Lee, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
MAKEOVER: Manatee district officials will consider closing, merging and building schools, the Herald-Tribune reports.