Florida education news: Tobacco-free schools, superintendent search, early learning and more
NO SMOKING: The Pasco school district's health advisory committee recommends changing rules so all district buildings can become tobacco-free.
WHO WANTS TO BE SUPERINTENDENT? Alachua launches a national search for its next district leader, the Gainesville Sun reports.
EARLY EDUCATION: An advisory panel works on proposals to standardize licensing and staffing requirements for Florida's early learning programs, the Florida Current reports.
BIG MONEY: Palm Beach School Board members want to reconsider $381,000-worth of lobbying contracts, the Palm Beach Post reports. (Subscription required)
SAFETY PRECAUTION: The Okaloosa school district plans to buy cameras for all its school buses, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
TOO FAR: About 18 Okaloosa high school students face criminal charges over vandalism acts committed before the "big game," the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
VALUE ADDED? New value-added data shows Bay schools improving, but raises questions among district leaders, the Panama City News Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: Lee teachers overwhelmingly support a new contract with raises, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
PERCEPTION PROBLEMS: Florida's technical centers work to overcome the stigma often attached to vocational programs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TECH TRANSFORMATION: Sarasota schools begin the move away from paper textbooks, the Herald-Tribune reports.