Florida education news: Anti-Islam protests, open meetings, school finance lawsuit and more
FACEOFF: Protesters and counter-protesters meet in the streets outside the Hillsborough School Board offices to argue about who should be allowed to speak to students. (Times photo, Kathleen Flynn)
PERFECT: Two Land O'Lakes High students earn top marks on the ACT exam.
OPEN UP: Gov. Rick Scott should let the public in for his invitation only education listening tour, the Times editorializes. • Duval School Board members criticize Scott for banning them from his stop at one of their schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TO TRIAL: The Florida Supreme Court refuses to block a lawsuit accusing lawmakers of failing to properly fund public education, the AP reports.
DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT... Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis pushes for more civics education in schools, the Panama City News-Herald reports.
GETTING BETTER: The Broward schools superintendent says the district has resolved almost all its busing problems, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CONFIDENT: Manatee's new interim superintendent has confidence in himself to make effective change, the Herald-Tribune reports. • The Manatee School Board gets permission to modify its plans in light of recent financial problems, the Bradenton Herald reports.
STRUGGLING: Broward's black male students continue to lag academically behind their peers, the Miami Herald reports.
BONUSES: The Lee School Board agrees to give $10,000 to successful principals who take assignments at persistently low-performing schools, the Naples Daily News reports.
BALANCING ACT: The Marion School Board makes nearly $15 million in spending cuts to cope with the failure of two local tax referenda, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Seminole cuts millions in spending and dips into its emergency reserves to balance its budget, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ALL YEAR LONG: Alachua officials consider an application for a year-round charter school, the Gainesville Sun reports.