Charter schools: Nine people apply to serve on the local advisory board of a struggling St. Petersburg charter school. Tampa Bay Times.
Career Ed: Escambia County students tour a Gulf Power plant, part of a program to encourage them to seek energy jobs. Pensacola News-Journal.
Special needs: Young people with autism, attention-deficit disorder, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome and other disabilities share their experiences with Palm Beach County elementary students. Sun Sentinel. A Hillsborough County middle school uses the buddy system to help students with special needs, and their classmates. Tampa Bay Times.
School safety: A circuit judge criticizes Duval County public schools for being unsafe. Florida Times-Union.
School boards: Palm Beach County school board members terminate lobbyists’ contracts worth $381,000. Palm Beach Post. Longtime Seminole County school board member Diane Bauer dies. Orlando Sentinel. Broward School Board member Katie Leach unexpectedly resigns. Miami Herald.
Ballroom dancing: Broward County fifth-graders learn the art of dancing to help build relationships and social skills. Sun Sentinel.
Hot meals: The Pinellas County district is serving 2,000 to 3,000 hot dinners a day this year to students at low-income schools. Tampa Bay Times.
Food allergies: The federal government is issuing its first guidelines to schools on how to protect children with food allergies. Associated Press.
School bash: Weekend event is part of a two-decade effort to save the 1914 wooden schoolhouse in Myakka City. Bradenton Herald.
Conduct: Supporters of a fired Lee County football coach are committed to fighting for his reinstatement. Fort Myers News-Press.