Florida education news: Alternative schools, teacher pensions, school vouchers and more
KEEPING THEIR INTEREST: Pasco's Irvin Education Center, an alternative school, adds new electives in hopes of engaging students who have struggled. (Times photo, Stephen Coddington)
NO SHOWS: More Pinellas students and teachers than usual call in sick for Good Friday.
DISAPPOINTED: Tampa area students who raised money for Pennies for Peace are disillusioned after learning the charity founder lied about his experiences.
TAKING THE PULSE: Pinellas School Board members override the superintendent's decision to cancel an annual district climate survey.
TAKE YOUR TIME: Florida lawmakers should not let quick savings be the driving force for changing public sector pensions, the Times editorializes.
OPEN RECORDS: The ACLU sues the Collier school system over access to records relating to a 2009 student "Kick a Jew" incident, the Naples Daily News reports.
VOUCHERS FOR ALL? Giving all Florida families education savings accounts would weaken the public school system, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes.
FREE ADVICE: The Flagler School Board will get some pro bono counseling on how to sue the state over education funding from longtime schools and union lawyer Ron Meyer, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
BUDGET CUTS: Layoffs, furloughs and less busing are options for Broward schools during budget discussions, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Walton schools will ask voters to approve a property tax to bolster the district's operating budget, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
TOO TALL: The City of Key West cites the Monroe school district for failing to follow height restrictions with the construction of a new school, the Keynoter reports.
TEAMWORK: Duval school district leaders say their recent night of discord won't be standard way they do business, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Pasco schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino.