Florida education news: Teacher award, student voices, school zones and more
TOP TEACHER: Jamerson Elementary third-grade teacher Lukas Hefty is surprised by an announcement he's Florida's only recipient of a Milken Educator Award this year.
STUDENT VOICES: Hillsborough County students give their School Board an earful on homework, student discipline and other topics of importance to them.
CAREER PLANNING: Possible Florida gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam speaks of the need to improve vocational education programs in the state, the Herald-Tribune reports.
IN COURT: A Monroe County school district former employee's whistleblower lawsuit is headed to trial after its dismissal is overturned, the Keynoter reports.
SCHOOL ZONES: Several Seminole County parents are complaining about the school district's plans to redraw attendance boundaries and reassign their children, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • The Palm Beach school district finds about 8 percent of a crowded school's student population to be lying about their addresses, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
'MATH NERDS': Hundreds of Bay County students compete in the national MathCounts competition, the Panama City News Herald reports.
TEACHER ATTENDANCE: Duval County School Board members seek more information to confront an apparent teacher absenteeism problem, the Florida Times-Union reports.
LEADERSHIP: The Brevard County school district fills three top administrative spots, Florida Today reports.
CLASS SIZE: A Palm Beach County parent's lawsuit challenging his son's school over the implementation of state class size rules remains stalled in court without explanation, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SCHOOL CHOICE: The St. Johns County School Board adopts a new open enrollment policy to comply with new state inter-district transfer laws, the St. Augustine Record reports.