MRSA rumor: An Orange County principal quells rumors of a MRSA outbreak at Boone High School when eight football players are sent to doctors because of skin infections. One student is diagnosed with a Staph infection. Orlando Sentinel.
Media specialists: Many Duval County high schools drop the media specialists while many elementary schools opt to have one part-time or full-time. Florida Times-Union.
Enrollment: Fewer students than anticipated are enrolled in Lee County schools. Fort Myers News-Press. The Hernando County School District has implemented a temporary hiring freeze after initial enrollment numbers fell below staff projections. Tampa Bay Times. Enrollment in Pinellas County Schools is down slightly again this year. Tampa Bay Times. Pasco County’s student population is definitely on the rise. Just not as fast as district officials originally thought. Tampa Bay Times.
Eligibility: Hillsborough County School Board Chairwoman April Griffin writes a letter to the Florida High School Athletics Association to reconsider a ruling that a student was ineligible to play sports at Plant High, despite her own district’s similar ruling. The Tampa Tribune. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
An “A” school: Pinellas County’s Lakewood High has never been rated an A before by the state – until now. Tampa Bay Times.
Teacher pay: Pinellas County schools and the local teachers union tentatively agree to provide employees in that bargaining unit with 5 percent across-the-board raises. Tampa Bay Times.
Disaster plans: Florida is among states that lack disaster plans to protect children in school. Associated Press.
Ben Gamla: Ben Gamla Charter School parents are upset after comments by a civic activist renew the debate over whether or not the Broward County public school teaches religion. Sun Sentinel.