Florida education news: Charter schools, special education, gang violence and more
OUTTA HERE: Students and families are leaving a brand new Pinellas charter school by the dozens amid concerns of bullying and missing textbooks.
TRUST BUILDING: Hillsborough schools work to win back community confidence in the district's special education program.
RAKING IT IN: Hillsborough School Board candidate Michelle Popp Shimberg collects more than $55,000 in campaign contributions in three months.
CAMPAIGN TALK: Charlie Crist blasts Gov. Rick Scott's education record in a speech to the Florida Education Association.
SLOW GOING: A relationship between Lakeland Regional Medical Center and USF drags with the departure of USF Health's leader, the Ledger reports.
'GUTLESS': Florida International University president Mark Rosenberg shoots back at anonymous critics of the school's business dean, the Miami Herald reports.
ANOTHER LEADER: A Keys charter school gets its seventh principal in three years, the Keynoter reports.
UNDERPERFORMING: The Orange School Board rejects expansion plans by Charter Schools USA, which is fighting back, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GANG ACTIVITY: Alachua school and law enforcement officials worry that gang violence is making its way into local schools, the Gainesville Sun reports.