Florida education news: Laptops, lawyers, testing and more
DIGITAL DIVIDE: The Pinellas school district begins distributing laptop computers to third and fourth graders.
NEW COUNSEL: The Hillsborough School Board's new lawyer looks forward to the challenge.
BULLYING: A Florida criminal case puts a spotlight on the national movement to curtail student bullying, Stateline reports.
SMART GIRLS: Female students at Lakewood Ranch High in Manatee dominate honors and accelerated courses, the Bradenton Herald reports.
WHAT'S IN A NAME? The advisory committee of Duval high school named after a KKK grand wizard will consider asking for a name change, the Florida Times-Union reports.
HANDWRITING LESSONS: Cursive handwriting falls out of Florida's curriculum as schools move to new standards, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TOO MUCH TESTING? Lee district leaders take a closer look at how much testing is necessary for students, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. Families say their kids are getting stressed out, the News-Press reports.
SIT UP: A Lake elementary teacher buys yoga balls for her students to sit on in hopes they'll stop squirming around, and it works, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CLASS SIZE: Santa Rosa and Escambia schools struggle to meet the state's class size rules, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.