Florida education news: Policy makers, online learning, special needs and more
AGENDA SETTING: With so many retirements and resignations, the Florida Legislature will have new leadership overseeing education policy. The speculation begins.
ONLINE LEARNING: The Florida university system aims to have 40 percent of full-time undersgraduate students taking virtual courses by 2025, the News Service of Florida reports.
SPECIAL NEEDS: Some north Florida parents prepare to open a private school focusing on children with autism, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
CLEANUP: Indian River district officials look into outsourcing custodial services after finding the current staff isn't doing the job well, TC Palm reports.
STUDENT COUNT: Marion school enrollment nears pre-recession levels, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
MAINTENANCE: Palm Beach schools struggle to maintain infrastructure that's surpassing its useful life, the Palm Beach Post reports.
CAREER ACADEMIES: Escambia High School's early education career academy prepares students to work in preschools, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: The Sarasota School Board reviews public input in advance of choosing its next superintendent, the Herald-Tribune reports.
OUT OF THIS WORLD: Some Palm Beach students get to talk to an astronaut on the interational space station, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
[NOTE: Sorry for running this news roundup so late, but we had technical problems most of today. We hope they are now over.]