Florida education news: FCAT stress, career-changing teachers, school busing and more
RELAX: Two Westchase Elementary teachers get called on the carpet for giving kids little mints that look like pills to calm the FCAT jitters. Some parents complain this could encourage drug use. (Image from Illinois Nut)
CLEARED: An investigation finds a Nature Coast Technical High teacher did nothing wrong in his relationship with a female student.
READY FOR A CHANGE: Nearly 100 people attend a seminar at St. Petersburg College to learn if they want to become teachers.
THEY CAN'T AFFORD IT: Haitian college students attending Florida universities worry about whether they have to drop out as their families no longer can send payments, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MISSED IT: After appeals, just 16 schools in eight Florida counties missed the class-size mark, the AP reports.
AUTOMATIC: Broward pilots a new high school scheduling system where computers place students into classes based on test scores, to negative response, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
WHAT TO CUT? Broward looks for ways to slash $100 million in spending, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NEW YEAR, NEW SCHOOL: Some Collier parents complain that the School Board doesn't have students' interests at heart when rezoning schools, the Naples Daily News reports. • Some Brevard families also are upset as their board rezones 14 schools to ease crowding, Florida Today reports.
SHORTER RIDES WANTED: Lee looks for savings in its student busing, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LABOR NEWS: Indian River teachers head to impasse over their contract talks, the Vero Beach News-Journal reports.
STAYING OUT OF IT: The Venice City Council declines to endorse the Sarasota school district's local-option tax referendum, the Herald-Tribune reports.
WIDER SEARCH: Polk agrees to a national superintendent search that doesn't just include sitting superintendents, the Lakeland Ledger reports.