Florida education news: Science fair, free lunch, school theater and more
WINNER: Shorecrest Preparatory School senior Evie Sobczak takes first place in the national Intel Science and Engineering Fair.
SHORTFALL: The Baker school district faces a deficit because of declining funding associated with shrinking enrollment, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Flagler schools revise their spending plans after voters reject a tax increase, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Lee and Collier budgets continue to face cuts despite added state funding, the Naples Daily News reports.
FIRED: A Duval paraprofessional is let go after an investigation showed he forcibly removed a student from a school bus, the Florida Times-Union reports.
EAT UP: Marion schools begin offering free lunch for children during the summer break, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Sarasota expands the reach of its summer meal program, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Alachua schools see the need rise for free summer lunches, the Gainesville Sun reports.
HANDS OFF: A mother sues the Polk school district alleging a teacher slapped her son and that the district did nothing about it, the Ledger reports.
SOUND OF MUSIC: Palatka High School revives its theater program after years of quiet, the St. Augustine Record reports.