Florida education news: College tuition, restraint and seclusion, unfunded mandates and more
PREPAID HIKE: The cost of Florida's Prepaid College program jumps, surprising parents and indicating that tuition will be covering a larger portion of higher education expenses. (Times photo, Melissa Lyttle)
SAFER WALKING: The site where a Hernando girl was killed while headed to her school bus stop will get a sidewalk.
NO RESTRAINT: A parent group is pushing hard to have Florida lawmakers end the practice of restraint and seclusion of children with special needs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LABOR NEWS: Raises still aren't on the table in negotiations for Flagler teachers, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Escambia considers whether to offer merit pay again, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
JUST LIKE A BUSINESS: A Duval businessman sees firsthand how busy and businesslike running a school is as he serves as principal for a day, the Florida Times-Union reports.
PRIVATE TO CHARTER: A small Christian private school in Manatee will trade tuition for tax dollars as it converts to charter status, the Bradenton Herald reports.
REPUTATION AT STAKE: A contractor accused of overbilling Broward schools says it might sue the district over the allegations, the Miami Herald reports.
UNFUNDED MANDATES: A Marion School Board member makes noise about wanting to kill them, and his state senator is now asking for a list so she might help, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
DOUBLE DIPPERS: The Manatee school district keeps hiring them, the Herald-Tribune reports.
FAIR TESTING: Florida's new reading assessment is returning useful data but still causing headaches because of technical issues, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.