Florida education news: Enrollment, senior pranks, school discipline and more
GROWTH: Several Florida school districts are coping with surging enrollment after years of stagnation.
SCHOOL CHOICE: Parents at four Pinellas charter schools slated for closure are struggling to find acceptable alternatives for their children. * Duval residents want to ensure long-term survival of a new magnet school in light of programs that failed before it, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SENIOR PRANKS: A food fight goes awry at a Broward high school, WSVN reports.
BAD ACTS: Lee deputies are investigating an incident of a teen girl having sex with several boys in a high school bathroom, Fox 4 reports. * One student is arrested after a large brawl at a Seminole County high school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GENDER ISSUES: The Suwannee school district announces it will not follow the Obama administration's directives on transgender students, WTXL reports. * St. Johns officials say they use gender-neutral policies already, the St. Augustine Record reports.
COLLEGE COSTS: A growing number of Florida university students are paying extra for credits by going beyond the in-state limit, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GRADUATION DAY: Bay high school graduates discuss what their diploma means to them, the Panama City News Herald reports.
TESTING: Not one third grader at two Palm Beach charter schools passed the Florida Standards Assessment language arts test, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GREEN THUMBS: Some Sebring High students cook up the garden they've grown for a semester, Highlands Today reports.
BUDGETS: The Volusia School Board aims to pay for teacher raises by increasing insurance premiums, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: Past students pay homage to their Orange County elementary school, which will be knocked down and replaced, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
DISCIPLINE: Polk schools see expulsion decline but out-of-school suspensions rise, the Ledger reports.