Florida education news: In-state tuition, dual enrollment, performing arts and more
TUITION: A conservative state senator files legislation to end in-state college and university tuition for undocumented immigrant students who attended high school in Florida.
COLLEGE BOUND: Pasco County's Dayspring Academy charter school launches a "structured dual enrollment" program aimed to get all its high school students a degree.
PERFORMING ARTS: A Hernando County elementary school offers special interest clubs to give its primarily low-income students added experiences in areas such as drama and photography.
UNFOCUSED: USF's Global Initiatives think tank closes down amid financial and operational problems.
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY: Most Marion County school buses have seat belts but many students don't use them, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Brevard school bus drivers face retraining after one leaves a 3-year-old at the wrong stop, WFTV reports. • The Santa Rosa school district needs more bus drivers, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
GUNS ON CAMPUS: A teen is arrested for bringing a loaded gun to her Miami-Dade middle school, the Miami Herald reports.
LEADERSHIP: Retiring St. Johns school superintendent Joe Joyner is named the next president of Flagler College, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Orange County superintendent Barbara Jenkins is named 2017 Florida Superintendent of the Year, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ABSENTEEISM: The Monroe school district keeps close tabs on students who are chronically absent, the Keynoter reports.
LEGAL ADVICE: The Polk school board attorney wants to keep his job after deciding not to move to an Oregon school district, the Ledger reports.