Florida education news: Anti-testing resolution, truancy, Penny for Pasco and more
LESS TESTING: The Hernando and Pinellas school boards consider adopting a resolution urging Florida to reduce its reliance on high-stakes testing. • The Alachua School Board also will take up the same measure, the Gainesville Sun reports. (Florida Times-Union cartoon)
COME TO SCHOOL: Pinellas school officials look to tackle high student absenteeism in the district.
DO IT AGAIN: Pasco County residents should renew the Penny for Pasco sales tax that supports school construction projects, the Times editorializes.
BULLIED: A Key Largo mom says her teen son hanged himself over FCAT pressure and school bullying, the Keynoter reports.
IN THE BAND: FAMU looks to stiffen the academic requirements to participate in its Marching 100 band, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Board of Governors chairman Dean Colson demands more accountability from FAMU president James Ammons, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
BIG MONEY: The 56 graduates of Manatee's Out-of-Door Academy collect $7 million in scholarships, the Bradenton Herald reports.
COMEBACK? Rumors swirl that ousted Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson is considering a run for School Board, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
PAID BY DEGREES: Some Brevard teachers find they're no longer eligible for bonus pay because their degrees don't match their teaching certifications, Florida Today reports.
NO NEW BUSES: Volusia and Flagler school districts cut back on student transportation expenses, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
OPTIONS: Monroe interim superintendent Jesus Jara looks for employment elsewhere even while a finalist to keep his post in the Keys, the Keynoter reports.
LABOR NEWS: Lake County teachers approve their 2011-12 contract including raises and bonuses, the Orlando Sentinel reports.