Florida education news: FCAT, budget cuts, school prayer and more
GO FOR IT: Pinellas superintendent John Stewart pledges to implement several cost saving initiatives suggested by the local education foundation.
FEELING READY: Students and faculty at Pasco's Gulf Highlands Elementary look forward to shaking off the school's F grade during the upcoming FCAT testing.
BRACE FOR IT: Manatee school officials prepare parents and students for the effects of higher FCAT passing scores, the Bradenton Herald reports. Several districts are sending out the same message, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SATURDAY SCHOOL: Hundreds of Miami-Dade students spend their Saturdays in FCAT prep sessions, the Miami Herald reports.
NOT JUST IN PASCO: The challenger raises far more campaign funds than the incumbent in Martin's school superintendent race, the Stuart News reports.
PROVE IT: Palm Beach officials work to refine their policy that prevents "boundary jumpers" from faking where they live to get into a school, the Palm Beach Post reports.
MISSING MONEY: An audit reveals $20,000 is missing from a Palm Beach elementary school's after-school programs, the Palm Beach Post reports.
DENIED: A judge rejects Ocala's request to force the Marion school district to pay up or stop using the city stormwater system, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
NO THANKS: Central Florida school district officials have no plans to create new "inspirational messages" policies because of lawsuit concerns, the Orlando Sentinel reports.