Florida education news: School closings, financial struggles, discipline disparities and more
STAY HOME: Schools across the Tampa area and parts of Florida close in anticipation of Tropical Storm Hermine.
TAKING FLIGHT: A new aeronautics program inspires a Zephyrhills High senior to pursue a dream.
DISTRICT STRUGGLES: The Florida Board of Education seeks solutions -- perhaps a merger -- for the tiny, financially stressed Jefferson County school district, WFSU reports.
DISCIPLINE DISPARITIES: The Southern Poverty Law Center files a complaint alleging Pinellas County schools discipline black students more harshly than others, the Huffington Post reports.
CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: Citrus school district leaders prepare spending cuts on maintenance and other needs after voters reject a local sales tax, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
HARD WORK: A Jacksonville seventh grader tries to embody the "grit" philosophy now in education vogue, the Florida Times-Union reports.
FORECASTING: Some Highlands elementary students study the weather with special stations set up at their schools, the Highlands Today reports.
TURNAROUNDS: Two Polk middle school improvement plans are rejected by the State Board of Education over staffing concerns, the Ledger reports.