Florida education news: Technology, teacher of the year, tuition and more
CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY: Pinellas Tyrone Middle School's new magnet program focuses on technology in every aspect of coursework.
TOP TEACHER: Marchman Technical College electrical teacher Donald Blake wins Pasco County Teacher of the Year.
COLLEGE COSTS: Florida lawmakers consider whether to offer tuition-free graduate programs to students who grew up in the foster care system.
RIPPED OFF: A fleet maintenance worker is arrested in connection with an "organized theft ring" within the Brevard school district, Florida Today reports.
CLASS SIZE: South Florida school districts make progress in meeting state class size rules, but still face complaints about large classes, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
OPEN SEASON: Florida moves closer to free agency for high school athletes, the AP reports.
SUNSHINE LAW: A St. Johns man gets into a public records battle with the school district, the St. Augustine Record reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: Orange district leaders rule out new construction on WWII bombing test sites, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Bay teachers reach a tentative contract agreement, the Panama City News Herald reports.
ADVANCED ED: Collier middle schools aim to offer more rigorous course work to top students, the Naples Daily News reports.
CROWDING: Miami-Dade leaders consider creating a small new prep-school to alleviate crowding at Krop Senior High, raising a series of questions and concerns, the Miami Herald reports. • Clay parents offer alternatives to redrawing attendance boundaries for their stuffed school, the Florida Times-Union reports.
REDEVELOPMENT: Miami-Dade school officials worry that a plan to overhaul a poor Miami neighborhood will hurt children and their schools, the Miami Herald reports.
LEADERSHIP: Brevard's superintendent prepares to revamp his administration, Florida Today reports.
RECESS: Alachua school leaders explore how they might incorporate mandatory recess into their already packed days, the Gainesville Sun reports.