Florida education news: early retirement, school sales tax, teacher sick time and more
HOPING FOR A GOOD PRICE: Zephyrhills High School agriculture students take the steer they have been raising to market at the Pasco County fair. (Times photo, Gail Diederich)
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED: The University of South Florida will let professors apply for early retirement via e-mail, which will be time stamped.
LOOKING AHEAD: Pasco school officials begin talking about the need to extend their local sales tax for capital projects, even though the current one doesn't expire for five years.
ALL ABOUT FCAT: Pinellas schools offer FCAT workshops to explain the ins and outs to parents.
PAY UP: Lake schools consider charging parents the full amount of lost textbooks regardless of age or condition, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
MOVING RIGHT ALONG: A proposed change to Florida's class-size amendment clears its first committee, the Florida Times-Union reports.
DRUMMING TOGETHER: Daughtrey Elementary School in Manatee teaches students African music as part of Black History Month, the Bradenton Herald reports.
THE LAW GETS IN THE WAY: The Martin School Board cannot find a legal method to let district employees donate their unused sick time to a colleague, the Stuart News reports.
DRESS CODE RULES: The Brevard School Board plans to review why its dress code is applied differently at individual schools, Florida Today reports.
THAT WAS QUICK: The Flagler School Board begins its superintendent search just five days after Bill Delbrugge announced his resignation, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
A 'TIPPING POINT': Orange and Seminole school officials say big cuts are in store as funding continues to slide for Florida public education, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
OUT OF REACH: Leaders of Florida's independent private colleges fear that lawmakers will cut the grants that make attending their institutions affordable for Florida residents, the St. Augustine Record reports.