Education news: FCAT, layoffs, high school graduation and more
LAYOFFS AVERTED: The Hernando board reverses course on a proposal that would have eliminated 200 jobs. (Times photo of teachers cheering the news, Will Vragovic)
NEW LEADERSHIP: Hillsborough approves new principals for 11 schools.
BACK TO WORK: Pasco board member Cathi Martin attends her first board meeting since announcing her resignation and then rescinding it.
HOSPITAL HELP: USF seeks a financial partner to bring a teaching hospital to campus.
WHAT'S FOR DINNER? Area college students save money by passing on the school meal plan and cooking for themselves.
WHAT'S THE CONCERN? Just consider. FAU is looking into increasing its tuition by 13 percent, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Kids build, decorate courtyard at West Hernando Middle • Pine Grove Elementary kindergartners participate in plush parade of pets • Ridgewood High valedictorian and salutatorian • Sunlake High valedictorian and salutatorian • Hudson High valedictorian and salutatorian • Wiregrass Ranch High valedictorian and salutatorian •
TEACHING TEACHERS: Manatee's newest elementary school will serve as a professional development school for USF education majors, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NO FCAT NEEDED: Broward lifts its requirement that eighth graders must pass the FCAT to move into high school, the Miami Herald reports.
GRADUATION GOOD NEWS: Miami-Dade has seen one of the nation's biggest graduation rate increases, the Miami Herald reports.
VIRTUAL WORRIES: Parents and other supporters of Florida Virtual School rally in Tallahassee against proposed cuts to the program, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
DROP DEAL: Alachua extends an agreement that allows retiring administrators to stay on the job as subcontractors with an outside firm, the Gainesville Sun reports.
BUDGET NEWS: Budget uncertainties might lead Seminole to let 154 teachers go just to turn around and rehire them once the dust settles, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Lee officials prepare their budget cuts with the worst case scenario in mind, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • UCF warns of layoffs and program closures if lawmakers slash higher education funding too deeply, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • FSU leaders examine their budget to find programs to eliminate, the AP reports. • FSU president T.K. Wetherell tells Panama City residents they need to fight to keep their local campus, the Panama City News-Herald reports.