Florida education news: Class size, school funding, home schooling and more
ONE MORE TRY: With the final stage of the class size amendment looming, Florida GOP lawmakers take one more stab at trying to limit the costly measure to school-wide averages. Many teachers are saying they could live with that. (Times photo, Keri Wiginton)
MORE MONEY? Gov. Crist, out running for Senate, proposes an increase in state education funding. Lawmakers suggest his recommended budget is overly optimistic. There's plenty of criticism to go around, the Florida Times-Union reports.
GO TO COLLEGE: State College of Florida wins approval to start a middle school charter on campus, with a goal of getting students in the higher education mindset, the Bradenton Herald reports.
OUTSIDE REVIEW: Broward hires an independent auditor to pore over a controversial report generated by its own staff auditors, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
ON THE BRINK: A Volusia charter school lands on the state's financial watch list after a needed construction loan falls through, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
HOME SCHOOLING ON THE RISE: Florida's number of home schooled children is increasing, with many families unable to afford private schooling anymore, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Escambia teachers secure a 2.5 percent raise, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
FIXING A HOLE: FAMU moves closer to renovating two dorms that have been closed since 2003, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
IF NOT GAINESVILLE, WHERE? An independent book store near UF plans to close shop as new textbook rules take hold, the Gainesville Sun reports.