Florida education news: early release days, teacher buyouts, financial aid and more
END THE EARLY RELEASE DAYS: A group of Hillsborough parents fights to put a stop to the school district's regular early-release Wednesdays for teacher planning.
TEACHER BUYOUTS: The Pasco School Board floats an early retirement offer in an effort to save $4 million.
STANDING APART: Candidates for Pinellas School Board try to distinguish themselves at a forum.
FIRED: The principal of a Lee alternative school is fired for giving students an opportunity to cheat, among other reasons, the Cape Coral Daily Breeze reports.
HANDS OFF THE MONEY: A Broward principal who was arrested on charges of grand theft is stripped of any power to make financial decisions for her school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LYING FOR DOLLARS: A federal investigation finds for-profit colleges in Florida and other states mislead students about financial aid, the NY Times reports.
HOLD OFF: Florida school superintendents continue to press the Department of Education to delay school grades until all FCAT concerns are resolved, the St. Augustine Record reports.
HANDS OFF: A Manatee teacher faces termination for repeated use of excessive force on students, the Bradenton Herald reports.
TOO MANY TIES? The Clay School Board worries that the military deployment of one of its members could handcuff the board, the Florida Times-Union reports.
CRITICAL NEEDS: Marion school officials say a tax increase for operations will help the district keep credit recovery programs in place, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
CLASS SIZE CONCERNS: Thousands of Alachua students might be bumped from their classes because of class size requirements, the Gainesville Sun reports.