Florida education news: Cold classrooms, high-tech education, FCAT testing and more
INTERRUPTIBLE POWER: Some Tampa area schools get a cold lesson in the meaning of school districts' deals with power companies to get a cut rate on service in exchange for being the first to take a hit in rolling blackouts. • Marion schools endured the same thing, and face a 60 percent chance it could happen again today, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Several Manatee schools have heating problems of their own during the cold snap, the Bradenton Herald reports. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
BIG MONEY: Florida State's new president gets a more lucrative salary than his predecessor, with the possibility of major bonuses for strong fund raising.
WITHDRAWN: One of seven candidates for Hernando superintendent pulls out just before interviews.
GO HIGH TECH: Florida has the pieces in place to lead the way in high-tech education, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.
FCAT CONFLICTS: Polk officials are looking into how they can get FCAT testing done in 2010-11 without running over families' religious holidays, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
PLENTY OF ADVICE: A panel looking into the Broward School Board's practices hears lots of ideas for improvement, many of which have been said several times before, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NO CONFEDERATE FLAGS HERE: A group of Collier students is suspended over a fight that ensued because one displayed a Confederate flag at school, the Naples Daily News reports.
PROTESTS WORK: Quick action by angry St. Lucie parents prevents their children from being rezoned out of their Martin County schools, the Stuart News reports.