Florida education news: School prayer, charter schools, virtual degrees and more
SEPARATION: End zone prayers led by coaches prompts Hernando and Pasco superintendents to remind their staffs that employee-initiated prayer is not allowed in the public schools.
SEARCH AND RESCUE: Eckerd College students act as first responders on the water.
NOT SO BAD: U.S. schools aren't failing, though they do face the challenge of student poverty, columnist Robyn Blumner writes.
MAKING MONEY: Jonathan Hage turns Charter Schools USA into one of the fastest growing for-profit charter schools in the country, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TESTING: Florida schools will continue to barrage students with tests regardless of which standards it chooses, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TOWED AWAY: Several Broward teachers have their cars towed as they attend a district presentation, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
WHAT'S IN A GRADE? 76 central Florida schools had their state grades padded by State Board emergency action, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
MORE DEGREES: Indian River State College boosts its degree offerings after Florida Atlantic University dumps its St. Lucie campus, the Stuart News reports.
MORE RIGOR: The Polk school system installs a new intensive STEM curriculum in selected schools, the Ledger reports.
DISMISSED: A court quickly tosses a Monroe activist's lawsuit accusing the superintendent of violating open records laws, the Keynoter reports.
ONLINE: The University of Florida begins taking applications for its virtual university programs, the Orlando Sentinel reports.