Florida education news: Education funding, school grades, Jeb Bush's legacy and more
BUDGET APPROVED: The Florida Senate adopts a spending plan that cuts funding to universities while allowing them to raise tuition, and increases K-12 funding almost as much as it was cut last year. The Senate budget also includes a measure to give USF Polytechnic immediate independence. A third USF Poly trustee resigns, the Ledger reports. Time to move ahead in negotiations with the House, the Times editorializes.
CIVICS LESSON: Leaders of St. Petersburg's black community let Glen Gilzean, the Pinellas School Board member who represents many of them, what they expect of him.
AT LAST: Florida schools that earned recognition funds for strong FCAT performance in spring 2011 finally get the money.
'DEVASTATING,' 'CRAZY': Reactions in St. Johns to proposed new state school grading rules are swift and negative, the St. Augustine Record reports.
INSPIRED BY JEB: A growing number of Republican political leaders seek to grab the education reform mantel from Democrats using Jeb Bush's Florida model, the Economist reports.
THEY LIKE HIM: Broward School Board members give high marks to their new superintendent after five months on the job, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TOUGH TO TACKLE: Schools face legal obstacles in meting out punishments to students who engage in online activities deemed unacceptable, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LABOR NEWS: Seminole teachers ask for a 3 percent raise, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SAFETY FIRST: Orange school leaders plan to add more bus routes for students walking on routes deemed unsafe, the Orlando Sentinel reports.