Florida education news: School vacation, charter schools, bus routes and more
SEEING IS BELIEVING: Campbell Park Elementary School in St. Petersburg gets donated eyeglasses for students who struggle to see well.
HOLIDAY PLANS: Pasco officials propose conducting classes on Veterans Day in order to have a week off at Thanksgiving in 2014.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: The Hillsborough School Board rejects a charter school proposal for MacDill Air Force Base. The board took the proper path, the Times editorializes. • Miami-Dade looks to craft tougher rules to govern charter schools in the county, the Miami Herald reports.
BUSING: Hernando School Board members explore ways to revive courtesy bus routes.
JOINT EFFORT: The Pasco County government and school district explore a joint school-park development in a planned community.
GOOD STANDING: Florida A&M University has its accreditation restored after academic probation.
THANKS: The family of a girl who died after wandering away from her class thanks the Hillsborough school district for improving student safety measures.
EVALUATIONS: Florida senators discuss the progress of the state's teacher evaluation system, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
CLASS SIZE: Marion schools had the most students out of compliance with state class size rules, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
GUNS ON CAMPUS: An appeals court rules against the University of North Florida's policy prohibiting weapons in vehicles on campus, the Florida Times-Union reports.
OPTIONS: The Manatee school district investigates different ways to offer middle school courses, the Bradenton Herald reports. • The Broward district announces plans to offer several new programs and overhaul struggling schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
AUDITS: The Manatee School Board considers how to respond to several audit concerns, the Bradenton Herald reports. • The Polk school district gets its first clean audit report in years, the Ledger reports.
PAY IT BACK: Florida State College at Jacksonville demands its former president repay the school for comp time he claimed but was not eligible for, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TOUGH TRANSITION: Volusia schools experience growing pains with a move to outsourced custodial services, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
LONGER DAYS: Four Lee elementary schools will see their hours extended to meet student needs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SUE YOU: The Orange School Board agrees to sue the county over its denial of a selected new school site, the Orlando Sentinel reports.