Florida education news: President searches, third-grade retention, dropout prevention and more
PRESIDENT SEARCHES: Former U.S. Sen. George Lemieux is another high-profile politician to seek the Florida Atlantic University presidency, the Associated Press reports. • Two of six finalists for FAMU president withdraw their names, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
FOLLOWING FLORIDA: Iowa officials consider adopting Florida's third-grade retention reading policy, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports.
NEW HOPE: A Polk State College charter school program offers high school dropouts another chance to earn a diploma, the Ledger reports.
ORDER UP: School cafeterias in Volusia and Flagler counties prepare a growing number of special meals for students with allergies and other needs, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
BUYOUT: The Flagler School Board will consider buying out the remainder of superintendent Janet Valentine's contract because she is unable to serve, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
BACK TO CLASS: The University of Florida welcomes back 50,000 students for its spring semester, the Gainesville Sun reports.