Florida education news: School choice, campus safety, class size lawsuit and more
PASSING TIME: Students at Pinellas County's Seminole High School get used to life without school bells.
SCHOOL BUDGETS: Florida's per-student funding remains close to 2007 levels even as costs increase, TC Palm reports. • St. Johns County school district officials are optimistic with Gov. Rick Scott's education budget proposal, the St. Augustine Record reports.
COLLEGE COSTS: The Florida Senate will explore moving state universities to block tuition rather than the current per-credit charge, the News Service of Florida reports.
SCHOOL CHOICE: Crowding limits student choices in Orange County's school open enrollment process, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SAFETY MATTERS: Two Lee County schools face investigations after receiving student threats, NBC 2 reports. • Duval County parents want more answers about improving school safety after several gun incidents, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Lake County schools receive a spate of threats, the Daily Commercial reports.
ARRESTED: A Seminole County teacher is arrested on charges of child abuse after allegations he put a student in a headlock and dragged the student down a flight of stairs, WFTV reports. • A former Santa Rosa County substitute teacher of the year is arrested on accusations he molested several elementary school students, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
IN COURT: A judge has dismissed former Manatee High football coach Joe Kinnan's lawsuit against the Manatee County school district and officials, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune. • A judge throws out a Palm Beach County parent's challenge to the school district's implementation of state class size rules, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TESTING: Two Indian River teachers accused of test tampering will not be fired, TC Palm reports.
WISH LIST: Marion County's superintendent proposes adding 114 positions into schools to help struggling students, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Flagler County School Board hopes to find a new superintendent within 16 weeks, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
BOYS TO MEN: A Palm Beach County elementary school serving a low-income community aims to teach fourth- and fifth-grade boys how to behave like gentlemen, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Margate city officials take steps to prevent more charter schools from opening in the city limits, the Sun-Sentinel reports.