Florida education news: career education, school taxes, dress code and more
FLORIDA'S BEST: Two Marchman Technical Education Center electrical students represent Florida at the SkillsUSA nationals. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
HANDS OFF: Hernando School Board members say their first budget priority is to protect teachers in core academic subjects.
A LITTLE HELP: Students in certain Pasco Marchman Technical Education Center courses will be able to get financial aid for next year.
SCHOOL TAXES: The Polk School Board extends its 0.25-mill property tax for critical operating needs, the Lakeland Ledger reports. • The Martin School Board continues to resist implementing a similar tax, the Stuart News reports. • The Seminole School Board will ask voters to approve a half-percent sales tax for capital projects in November, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CLASS SIZE CONCERNS: Lee superintendent James Browder says finding ways to pay for class size is the key to balancing the district budget, the Cape Coral Daily Breeze reports. • Broward officials consider options to ensure the district meets class size requirements at the classroom level in the fall, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from the Miami Herald.
READING HELP: A Manatee elementary school serving low-income neighborhoods starts a pilot reading recovery program to help students over the summer, the Bradenton Herald reports.
HOLES ARE OK: So long as they're not distracting, Lee officials have no problem with holey pants, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
FIRED: Orange schools fire one of the auditors in the middle of a flap over construction practices, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
BORROWING TIME: For the first time in decades, the Polk district will take a loan to pay for capital items, the Lakeland Ledger reports.