Florida education news: Budget vetoes, school spirit, civics education and more
VETOED: Gov. Charlie Crist rejects several budget projects including a pharmacy school at USF in Lakeland. The governor also vetoed changes to teacher deferred retirement investment plans, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
REORGANIZATION: New Hernando superintendent Bryan Blavatt seeks to give his administration a new direction.
SCHOOL SPIRIT: Hudson High seniors celebrate their last day together.
WHICH ONE WAS THAT? Several twins and triplets graduate from Hernando County private high schools.
SHOW THEM THE MONEY: Florida needs a teacher merit pay plan with teacher input and money to support it, Palm Beach Post columnist JacWilder VerSteeg writes.
ABOUT TIME: Florida has the country on the right track with its attention to civics education, the Christian Science Monitor editorializes.
REJECTED: Palm Beach is one of just two Florida districts to not participate in the Race to the Top, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NO COMMENCEMENT FOR THEM: Thirteen St. Lucie seniors are banned from graduation after pulling a prank that forced their school to close for a day, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about the FCAT with Pasco Gulf High School senior Martisha Jones.