Florida education news: Credit hours, free food, absenteeism and more
HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? The University of South Florida aims to have students graduate without excess credit hours.
CHARTER QUESTIONS: Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning recommends approval of a charter that appeared headed for rejection, leading to questions about how he got there.
NOT STARVING: Pinellas begins offering free dinner to needy children in 18 schools, with more to come.
CLEANUP: Hernando High School sanitizes facilities after two students are diagnosed with a bacterial infection.
CHANCELLOR CANDIDATES: Seventeen hopefuls apply to run Florida's university system.
GO TO SCHOOL: The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting develops an interactive map looking at absenteeism in Florida schools.
DISCIPLINE: Broward schools see a dramatic drop in student arrests after changing discipline methods, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
EXPERTS: The Palm Beach school district brings in teachers from Spain to help teach students the Spanish language, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MADE IN AMERICA: A Brevard high school U.S. government class asks lawmakers to pass a bill requiring that American flags flying in Florida be made in the U.S.A., Florida Today reports.
REHIRE HIM: An administrative judge recommends the Brevard district rehire with back pay a band director dismissed over questionable behavior, Florida Today reports.
TOO FULL: Polk officials consider reopening a closed school to ease crowding at nearby elementary schools, the Ledger reports.
LOTS OF COMMENTS: The Florida Department of Education gets 19,000 comments on the Common Core, the Panama City News-Herald reports.
FUNDING: A coalition of McKay Scholarship schools complain that a new state funding formula takes some of their student money when the students take online courses with Florida Virtual School, Redefined reports.