Florida education news: Black history, graduation rates, virtual schools and more
LOCAL RESPONSIBILITY: With state revenue shrinking, Hernando (like all districts) faces an increased local burden to fund its public education -- perhaps including a tax rate increase.
TALKS RESUME: Hillsborough teachers and board representatives head back to the bargaining table to talk numbers. They don't agree much.
GIVING UP: Facing closure by the Hillsborough district for poor performance, Metropolitan Ministries abandons its effort to renew its charter school contract.
GIVE THEM THE MONEY: All of Florida's public universities are seeking the maximum allowed tuition increase, the AP reports. Some students at Florida Atlantic University say the added cost is worth it to them, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LABOR NEWS: Collier teachers reject their district's contract offer of a 3 percent bonus in exchange for longer hours and more expensive benefits, the Naples Daily News reports. • Negotiations in Lee are the most contentious in years, the Naples Daily News reports. The Lee teacher contract comes to a vote today, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
BUDGET NEWS: Manatee approves $14 million in cuts that will affect all schools, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Orange's 2002 sales tax for school construction might not generate enough money to cover all the planned projects, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Threatened with gender equity lawsuits, the FHSAA agrees to reconsider its planned reduction in games after all, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BLACK HISTORY ALL THE TIME: St. Lucie prepares to incorporate black history lessons into its full curriculum -- all grade levels, all subject areas, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
PROVE IT: Parents at some Palm Beach schools demand data to prove that the district's planned move to departmentalized elementary schools will lead to better results, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
VIRTUAL CHOICES: Alachua leans toward the least expensive provider as it tries to meet the state's new requirement that it provide online education opportunities to all students, the Gainesville Sun reports.