Florida education news: University tuition, FCAT exams, high school diplomas and more
TOP TEACHER: Cassandra Mattison of Spoto High School is Hillsborough County's teacher of the year.
AFTERMATH: Osceola Middle School students are left to fend for themselves emotionally after the removal of their abusive social studies teacher.
OPTING OUT: Bake County schools don't advertise the fact that students can choose not to take the FCAT exams, the Baker County Press reports.
GRADUATION: The Florida House and Senate close in on agreement for a plan to add more pathways to high school graduation, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
CLOSER LOOK: The Florida Department of Education calls for an investigation into the actions of Lee superintendent Joseph Burke, the Naples Daily News reports.
REIMBURSEMENT: Two Manatee School Board members ask their colleagues to cover their legal costs associated with accusations they violated the state Sunshine law, the Bradenton Herald reports.
OPEN PLEA: Florida Atlantic University's president seeks to sidestep controversy over a plan to name the school stadium after a prison company, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LEVELING THE FIELD: Florida lawmakers consider making Florida Virtual School compete with other providers for funding, the Ocala Star Banner reports.
ON BOARD: Former Democratic lawmaker Al Lawson joins the board of directors for Florida's corporate tax credit scholarship program, Redefined reports.