Florida education news: College support, school safety, drug testing and more

A roundup of stories from around the state.
Looking over statistics that show how Pasco's Take Stock in Children program earned the state Luminary Award are, from left, Rosanne Heyser, TSIC executive director; Alexander Yohn, Wendell Krinn Technical High School junior; and Brendan Gorman, TSIC scholarship alumni, now a Pasco attorney serving as mentor to Yohn. GAIL DIEDERICH | Special to the Times
Looking over statistics that show how Pasco's Take Stock in Children program earned the state Luminary Award are, from left, Rosanne Heyser, TSIC executive director; Alexander Yohn, Wendell Krinn Technical High School junior; and Brendan Gorman, TSIC scholarship alumni, now a Pasco attorney serving as mentor to Yohn. GAIL DIEDERICH | Special to the Times
Published January 2

COLLEGE SUPPORT: Take Stock in Children supports dozens of Pasco County teens seeking to break out of poverty through higher education.

LOVING GIFT: A woman's "love affair" with the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg results in a $2 million gift to the institution.

PICKUP LINE: A Tampa businessman finds success with his software designed to ease congestion at school dropoff and pickup times.

PARKLAND POST-MORTEM: Not everything went wrong inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High as Nikolas Cruz went on a shooting rampage. Many teachers and students reacted in a way that saved lives, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

DRUG TESTING: A federal appeals court rejects a Palm Beach County woman's lawsuit contending the local school district had no right to drug test her prior to employment as a substitute teacher, Florida Record reports.

ENROLLMENT: Northwest Florida school districts see student numbers rise, even as the overall state count falls short of annual projections, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

FRESH STARTS: Sarasota County School Board leaders aim to reduce the tensions on the panel as they begin a new year, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Volusia County School Board members look beyond past discord to focus on critical issues of elementary school academics and campus safety, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Students from three Lake County high schools are putting together a community project through the first Clermont Youth Council, the Daily Commercial reports.

HOME SCHOOLING: Volusia County school district officials look for ways to serve the area's growing home-school population with expanded online programs, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

MATH LESSONS: Some Flagler County high school students learn their math through business applications, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CAMPAIGN VIOLATIONS: A Flagler County School Board member faces fines up to $10,000 over a 2016 campaign ethics complaint, the Florida Times-Union reports.

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