Florida education news: Funding, prom, online grading and more
MORE MONEY: Hernando schools qualify for more state funding through a change in a state definition of small districts.
'MASTER TEACHER': Pinellas teacher of the year Kevin Ford is a finalist for the state honor.
IT'S ABOUT TIME: The Hillsborough school district needs to improve its investment in new school buses, the Times editorializes.
LIFE INSURANCE: The insurance industry has its eyes on a proposal to allow investors to purchase life insurance for Pasco school district employees, the Wall Street Journal reports.
JUST BLOW: Students at a Martin County high school complain they had to take a Breathalyzer test to get into their prom, Scripps reports.
HACKERS: Miami-Dade schools review the security of onling grading systems after a student is caught hacking to change grades, the Miami Herald reports.
BIBLE PASSAGES: A Broward family says their son's teacher forbade him from reading the Bible in class, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
INVESTIGATING: The Manatee school district looks into comments an elementary teacher made to students about the district's plan to sell park land, the Bradenton Herald reports.
COLLEGE DEGREES: Florida state colleges must stop creating new four-year programs while the state studies overlap with universities, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
RELIEF: Many South Florida students look forward to affording university tuition because of changes to the amounts charged to illegal immigrants, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Senate President Don Gaetz remains displeased with the measure, which he opposed, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
COMMON CORE: Two surveys reveal views of the general public on the controversial education standards, State Impact Florida reports.
TEACHER APPRECIATION: Florida teachers use the weeklong recognition to raise awareness of what they actually do, State Impact Florida reports.