Florida education news: Charter troubles, expulsions, a nifty school district app and more
OUT OF TIME: Pinellas County school officials make a late bid to absorb two troubled charters, but the numbers don't work in the end.
UPTICK: The Manatee County School Board prepares to expel a middle school student for bringing a BB gun to campus. That will make seven expulsions since August in a district where the last one before that was in 2009, the Bradenton Herald reports.
TECHNOLOGY: An $835,000 upgrade to the Broward County school system's app has many new features, including one that allows parents to know in real time if their kids are missing class, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
FEEDBACK: Some members of the Florida Board of Governors advise Florida Gulf Coast University to fix its weaknesses before thinking about starting schools of pharmacy and dentistry, the News-Press reports.
IN THE OPEN: A private battle over the ousted headmaster at Saint Andrews School erupts into a very public affair, with a lawsuit and nasty allegations, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BIG DOG: Leading the pack in this year's performance funding sweepstakes is the University of Florida, which takes home $ 96.9 million, the Gainesville Sun and Ocala Star-Banner report.
MAKING PLANS: Marion County school officials say they soon will address lagging student performance on state tests and a process to address transgender restroom issues, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
FEELING THE BEAT: Some 40 years after they performed, members of Orange County's Oak Ridge High marching band will come together in tribute to their one-time director, Keith Ledford, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NEW NUMBERS: The number of homeschooled students was down in Florida this past school year, redefinED reports.
ONE MORE TIME: New College president Donal O'Shea, who has overseen a 9 percent enrollment increase, is reappointed by the Board of Governors, the Herald-Tribune reports.
NEW DEAL: On their second try, Lee County officials strike a slightly cheaper deal to buy land for a new high school in Bonita Springs, the News-Press reports.