Florida education news: Tony Bennett report, MaryEllen Elia's evaluation, student packages and more
A DIFFERENT TAKE: A new report suggests the Indiana school grading system dustup that led Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett to resign had more to do with bureaucratic issues than impropriety.
HIGHS AND LOWS: Hillsborough School Board members give superintendent MaryEllen Elia both glowing and scathing reviews in her annual evaluation.
BUS BRAINSTORMING: Pasco district officials examine problems in the student transportation system and seek solutions.
HEALTHY OPTIONS: Florida agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam says efforts to get more fresh fruits and vegetables into school cafeterias are working well.
LOTS OF BOXES: University students don't get many letters, but their online shopping packages increasingly consume school mail rooms.
HELPING HAND: Several Manatee County churches partner with the school district to support students whose families struggle financially, the Bradenton Herald reports. • An anonymous NASA employee donates tons of surplus supplies to the Brevard school district, Florida Today reports.
MEDIA: Several Duval high schools drop their media specialists to save money, the Florida Times-Union reports.
ANTI-BULLYING: The Anti-Defamation League works with 50 Miami-Dade schools to empower students to fight bullying, the Miami Herald reports.
ONE STEP CLOSER: Orange County officials get closer to a decision on where to place a new high school, despite neighbor objections, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
JUST DO IT: FAMU president Larry Robinson urges students to graduate in four years or less, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.