Florida education news: Gardening, school grades, mascots and more
PRETTY FLOWERS: Kindergartners at Hernando's Moton Elementary learn about gardening and the environment while also beautifying the campus.
DO THE RIGHT THING: Allowing illegal immigrants living in Florida to pay in-state tuition at public universities is the sensible and moral approach, the Times editorializes.
DATA WOES: Miami Jackson Senior High fights to get an A grade from the state by diving into data, but the state won't consider its appeal, the Miami Herald reports.
CONCERNS: Manatee parents ask pointed questions about school staffing and technology during a strategic planning session, the Bradenton Herald reports.
RAISES: Broward school-based administrators receive pay raises for the first time in six years, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NEW NICKNAME: Duval's recently renamed Westside High picks the wolverine to replace the rebel as its mascot, the Florida Times-Union reports.
OUTSOURCING: The Broward district continues its move to privatize construction services despite criticism and confusion over the process, the Miami Herald reports.
GUN BAN: Florida Gulf Coast University lifts its ban on weapons in cars on campus, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TASTE TEST: Orange County students get to vote on which new items will appear on cafeteria menus, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GOOD NEWS: Sarasota finance officials say the district won't have to dip into reserves to balance its budget for the first time since fiscal 2008, the Herald-Tribune reports.