Florida education news: School calendar, calculus, industry certifications and more
ENJOY YOUR BREAK: The Pinellas School Board decides to end students' first semester before winter vacation in 2014-15.
BOILING OVER: Hillsborough School Board member April Griffin fumes after superintendent MaryEllen Elia backs away from plans to change Elia's evaluation model.
MOTIVATION: Hernando Teacher of the Year John Imhof strives to make history engaging for his students.
MATH CHALLENGE: Some Sarasota students look forward to seeing calculus added to Florida's academic standards, WWSB-TV reports.
TOP PRIORITY: State Senate president Don Gaetz says expanding Florida's high school industry certification programs will top the legislative agenda, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
BOARDING SCHOOL: Miami-Dade prepares to open Florida's only public boarding school, the Miami Herald reports.
OPTIMISM: Manatee district officials predict improvement in their fund balances after years missing the mark, the Bradenton Herald reports.
STOP BULLYING: A Broward mom calls on the district to take action in what she believes was bullying against her son, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NEW ZONES: Polk officials create new attendance boundaries for nine schools to accommodate the creation of two new magnets, the Ledger reports.
ZERO TOLERANCE: The Bay district reconsiders its zero tolerance policy for drug offenses at school, the Panama City News Herald reports.
STOP IT: The Lee School Board warns high schools to stop recruiting student athletes but stops short of setting a new policy, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TECH NEEDS: State lawmakers seek to put millions more into school technology upgrades, State Impact Florida reports.
SECOND CHANCES: An Alachua alternative school for over-age students aims to get them back on track for a high school diploma, the Gainesville Sun reports.