Florida education news: Bright Futures, teacher tenure, bat guano and more
TOO MANY TEACHERS: Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association president Kim Black criticizes the district for failing to have employment track enrollment declines.
PARENTS MATTER: It's well and good to help black students in school, but be wary of efforts that don't include parents, Times columnist Bill Maxwell writes.
BIG BUCKS: Several Florida superintendents get raises despite the down economy, the News Service of Florida reports.
WE CAN'T AFFORD IT: House Education Committee chairman Bill Proctor says the Legislature might phase out Bright Futures, the Ocala Star Banner reports. He also says K-12 funding will trump higher education, so tuition will rise again, the St. Augustine Record reports.
OVERPAID: Broward paid school workers for work they didn't do, and also paid some employees for a month after they were laid off, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Collier gives teachers a choice - continued reimbursement for course work or increased pay, the Naples Daily News reports.
TENURE TALK: Florida college presidents are talking about finding a compromise with lawmakers who want to end tenure for professors and other college instructors, the Florida Times-Union reports.
GETTING RID OF GUANO: Martin school officials set aside up to $250,000 to clean up after bats who lived in an elementary school roof, the Stuart News reports.
IMPROPER SPENDING? Okaloosa's newest school board member questions the way her colleagues spend discretionary funds, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
ACCREDITATION STALLED: USF Polytechnic's application for accreditation is put on hold amid talk it might separate from the system, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with state Rep. Rick Kriseman of St. Petersburg, the ranking Democrat on the Florida House K-20 Education Innovation Subcommittee.