Florida education news: FCAT audit, PTA press, fiscal deficits and more
BUBBLE TROUBLE: A federal audit turns up discrepancies with the way scanning machines read some of the answers that students bubbled in on Florida's FCAT exams.
WANTED: PARENTS: Gibbs High School in Pinellas angles to keep its PTA active as part of its restructuring effort.
A LITTLE HELP: Barry University in Miami-Dade offers a 20 percent tuition discount to unemployed students seeking training in its adult and continuing education section, the Miami Herald reports.
NEVER MIND THE ECONOMY: The University of North Florida launches a $110 million fund raising campaign, its most ambitious ever, the Florida Times-Union reports.
IF YOU CAN'T MEET 'EM, BEAT 'EM: A group of Palm Beach parents plans to run candidates for School Board if it can't persuade board members to turn back some unpopular curriculum changes, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GLOOMY NEWS: Florida revenue estimators project another three years of fiscal deficits, which would drive some school districts to layoffs and other tough moves, Florida Today reports.
BIG STRIDES: Two Marion schools see improvement on the FCAT in all grades, all subject areas, the Ocala Star Banner reports.
LABOR NEWS: Santa Rosa teachers and the district head to a special magistrate hearing as their contract talks hit impasse, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Hernando County School Board chairman John Sweeney.