Florida education news: Degrees, charter schools, vouchers and more
COLLEGE EXPERIENCE: St. Petersburg College makes strides in its efforts to offer students degree options.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: A charter school seeks to open in tiny Jefferson County, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • The city of West Palm Beach proposes opening a charter elementary school to serve an area where students aren't performing well, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from the Palm Beach Post. • An Alachua charter school turns to a year-round calendar, with courses resuming next week, the Gainesville Sun reports.
VOUCHERS: Florida's tax credit scholarship program for poor children continues to grow, the News Service of Florida reports.
TAKING A GAMBLE: Florida lottery sales surpass $5 billion, with a record amount to go to the state's education trust fund, the AP reports.
EXTRA HELP: Mentoring programs get credit for pushing African American students to do better on the FCAT, Onyx Magazine reports.
BUDGET CUTS: The Lake school district slashes bus routes and guidance counselors among other expenses to balance its budget, the Orlando Sentinel reports.