Florida education news: Class size, Bright Futures, school funding and more
DIMMER FUTURE: Proposed new criteria for the Florida Bright Futures scholarships would make it harder for many Floridians to afford college. (Times file photo)
PUSHING THE AGENDA: The Florida Senate approves asking voters to scale back the class size amendment, while a Florida House committee rams through a bill that would overhaul teacher pay, evaluation and contracts. • South Florida school districts would need to hire hundreds of new teachers to meet the class size rules as they currently exist, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
HELPING HANDS: Students in Pasco Sunlake High School's sign language program translate tours for Lowry Park Zoo and Busch Gardens.
TALKING HEADS: Hillsborough's Alexander Elementary School hosts a nationally televised conversation about education.
TOO FAST: Some Florida educators say new high school graduation requirements moving through the Legislature would come too rapidly for schools to adjust, the Herald-Tribune reports.
ASSESSING AP: Baker High School reviews how its new Advanced Placement program worked a year after feeling compelled to create it, the Baker County Press reports.
READ INSTEAD: A Manatee school bus driver gets control of her rowdy riders by starting a book club, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CAREER ACADEMIES: High schools along the Treasure Coast embrace the idea of preparing students for the world of work, the Stuart News reports.
NO CONFIDENCE: The Palm Beach teachers union plans a vote of confidence on superintendent Art Johnson, the Palm Beach Post reports.