Florida education news: FAMU turmoil, charter school connections, FCAT cut scores and more
FAMU TENSIONS: The death of a FAMU marching band student is ruled a homicide as students protest Gov. Rick Scott's attempt to involve himself in the scenario. FAMU president James Ammons considers stepping aside during the investigations, the Palm Beach Post reports. (AP photo)
TOO COZY? John Legg runs a charter school while also serving in the Florida Legislature, and sometimes the roles overlap, raising questions of whether that's appropriate.
WANTED: MORE BLACK TEACHERS: Pinellas school officials hope hiring more black teachers under a legal agreement will lead to higher achievement among black students.
HAVE FUN: The Pinellas School Board prepares to lease closed Rio Vista Elementary School to the county for a park.
BIG WIN: Pasco Crews Lake Middle School students claim the top prize — $80,000 in technology — in a video contest.
RIGHT MOVE: The Hernando School Board took the right steps in setting its political district boundaries, the Times editorializes.
FCAT EFFECT: Pinellas teacher Melissa Heeren assesses the potential impact of new FCAT cut scores with Times columnist Bill Maxwell. • Lee superintendent Joseph Burke writes that the new FCAT direction is a "good thing" in a piece for the Fort Myers News-Press.
SAVE OUR SCHOOL: Miami-Dade leaders stress they won't close two perenially struggling high schools despite constant threats that worry families, the Miami Herald reports.
THIS SPACE FOR RENT: The Palm Beach School Board ponders selling ads on websites and other property to raise funds, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
FIX IT: Florida lawmakers must improve the state's charter school laws to ensure a high-quality education for all students, the Miami Herald editorializes.
BUYOUT PENDING? Edison State College trustees say they might pay ousted president Ken Walker to go away rather than fight him in court if the legal battle appears too expensive, the Naples Daily News reports. The college meanwhile prepares to hire an interim president, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
STILL CUTTING: Monroe school district officials must find more spending cuts to avoid shrinking their reserves too low, the Keynoter reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Pinellas schools superintendent John Stewart.