Florida education news: DREAM Act, student fees, anti-FCAT resolution and more
DREAM ON: Months after promising one, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio still hasn't come up with his own version of a DREAM Act to let children of illegal immigrants attend college. (AP photo)
PAY UP: Hernando schools might lose extracurriculars as families don't pay the district's voluntary student activity fee.
DISCONTENT: A leadership committee of the Florida School Boards Association urges adoption of a resolution calling for less reliance on the FCAT, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GROWING PAINS: Miami-Dade forges ahead with plans to expand its prestigious MAST Academy even as some parents and students oppose the proposal, the Miami Herald reports.
ON THE RISE: Florida Gulf Coast University again proposes the maximum tuition hike it may seek under law, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. Most state universities expect to go for the max despite UF's decision to back away from the top rate, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BETTER BUDGET: Manatee school officials say they won't have to make spending cuts for 2012-13 and might be able to offer employee bonuses, the Herald-Tribune reports. Cuts at the Manatee Sheriff's Office will cause a reduction in resource officers, though, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CONTROLS: Palm Beach adds new rules to oversee the spending of school activity funds after audits reveal major deficits at some schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TAXING QUESTION: Brevard school officials debate whether to ask voters to approve a sales tax for school construction projects, Florida Today reports.
BRING HIM BACK: New Smyrna Beach High students and parents seek answers about the unexpected departure of their band director, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.