Florida education news: School board correspondence, cherry picking, library hours and more
TOO FAR? Some other school board members suggest Hillsborough board chairwoman April Griffin might have overstepped her authority in sending individual correspondence on district letterhead. Columnist Dan Ruth weighs in.
CHERRY PICKING: The Pinellas school district is investigating parent complaints that their charter school is kicking out some students because of behavior issues.
OPPORTUNITITES: Pasco's Gulfside Elementary teams up with a local church to provide a sports league for students who otherwise couldn't afford it.
WELCOME BACK: Student protests lead to a return of 24-hour service at the USF-Tampa library.
LEFT OVER: The Brevard district ends the year with a surplus, but not enough to have avoided closing schools, Florida Today reports.
WHAT'S IN A NAME? A Duval man petitions to change the name of a school named after a KKK grand wizard, the Florida Times-Union reports.
RAISES: The Marion School Board approves raises and health benefits for full-time substitute teachers, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
PLEASE SERVE: Polk superintendent Kathryn LeRoy asks community leaders to serve as mentors in needy schools, the Ledger reports.
DROP IN: The Orange school district launches a drive to get dropouts to return to school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
MAKING PLANS: Interim education commissioner Pam Stewart talks about testing, accountability and other issues in a video interview with the Tallahassee Democrat.