Florida education news: Virtual school, Frank Brogan, Visa cards and more
GOING DOWN: Florida Virtual School lays off hundreds of instructors as its enrollment slides amid changes to the state per-student funding formula.
TIME TO GO: Florida university system chancellor Frank Brogan resigns, leaving the state's top two education leadership jobs vacant. The two vacancies don't send a good message about the state of Florida education, the Times editorializes.
COLLEGE COSTS: The University of South Florida stops accepting Visa cards for tuition and fee payments, and increases the convenience charge for using other credit cards.
SHOW OF SUPPORT: Current and former Hernando teachers volunteer their time at struggling Eastside Elementary as it prepares for a new year.
SCHOOL GRADING: Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte education leaders say they'd like a seat at the table as the state revises what they consider a now-meaningless school accountability system, the Herald-Tribune reports. The grading system deserves an F, the Ledger editorializes.
ANOTHER SUSPENSION: The Manatee district places a third high-level administrator on leave as part of an investigation into a past probe of a coach's inappropriate behavior with students, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NO MORE GRADES: Palm Beach second graders will get report cards with performance measures rather than A-F grades, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NOT GUILTY? The ousted president of Florida State College at Jacksonville says he's innocent of ethics charges against him, the Florida Times-Union reports.
DUAL ENROLLMENT: School districts and colleges in northwest Florida work out agreements to limit the effect of a new state dual enrollment funding law, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
ASSIST: The Miami-Dade School Board offers to help keep open several county libraries that might otherwise be shuttered, the Miami Herald reports.
IT'S OVER: An Alachua charter school closes after receiving its third consecutive F grade, the Gainesville Sun reports.