Florida education news: Charter schools, incentive pay, school taxes and more
THE TRIBE MUST DECIDE: With Gov. Crist behind a new gaming deal, it's now up to the Seminole Tribe to say whether it backs a plan that would pump more money into Florida's public schools. (AP photo, from 2007 deal that fell through)
WETHERELL'S PLANS: Insiders say FSU president T.K. Wetherell intends to retire before his contract ends in 2011.
CHARTER CHOICES: A Stanford study suggests Florida's charter schools may not be as good as parents and politicians think.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING? Pasco board members say they want more information about superintendent Heather Fiorentino's "new direction" before they'll approve it.
SURPRISE! Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander reappoints the facilities director he had recently said he would not keep.
GO FOR IT: Florida is smart to participate in the move to national education standards as the world economy becomes more competitive, the Times editorializes.
NO NEW TAXES: The Orange School Board rejects the idea of a .25 mill increase to cover expected deficits, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • The Lake board also forgoes the idea, the Sentinel reports. • Lee's superintendent recommends dipping into reserves to avoid increasing the local tax, the Naples Daily News reports.
LABOR NEWS: Collier teachers turn down another contract offer, saying their step increases are not negotiable, the Naples Daily News reports. • Broward lays off 396 teachers, but hopes to have created jobs for about 200 to come back before the start of classes, the Miami Herald reports. • Lee's new budget threatens nearly 1,000 jobs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
POOR MODEL: The latest Florida university trend of charging students more for less will not help the state succeed, the Tallahassee Democrat editorializes. That professors seem to be watering down a diploma's value with grade inflation only makes matters worse, the Fort Myers News-Press editorializes.
WHAT'S IN A NAME? Manatee officials want to set more clear rules before deciding to rename any more facilities after people, the Bradenton Herald reports.
COMBAT PAY: Escambia offers teachers willing to work in the district's first "turnaround school" up to $14,500 in incentives over two years, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
FRESHMEN FOR FSU-PANAMA CITY? Adding underclassmen is one proposal to help make the campus self-sufficient, the Panama City News-Herald reports.