Florida education news: FCAT testing, school budget cuts, teacher pay and more
TOO MUCH TESTING? Experts question the worth of moving to value-added analysis for teacher evaluations, as Hillsborough schools are doing. (Times photo, Willie J. Allen Jr.)
TOUGH TIMES: Hernando school officials prepare for budget cuts of as much as $21 million.
ROCK SOLID: Students at Pasco's New River Elementary mine for gems as part of an in-school field trip.
LESS LEARNING: Solutions to Pasco's school budget woes will hurt students in the classroom, columnist C.T. Bowen writes.
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: The Palm Beach School Board seeks community and expert insights as it looks for a new superintendent, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
WILL THEY STAY? Florida teacher pay is lagging, and some teacher leaders say bills in the Legislature will add to the pressure for educators to leave the state, the Naples Daily News reports.
FCAT CHANGES: Florida schools move to computerized testing, add new end-of-course exams for this year's FCAT administration, Florida Today reports. The writing portion of the exam begins on Tuesday, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NEW TAXES? St. Lucie leaders explore creation of a special taxing district to pay for law enforcement in schools, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
UNCENSORED: A Flagler high school finally gets to perform a full version of the play To Kill a Mockingbird, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
OUTSOURCING? Monroe's superintendent looks into an outside contract to provide district food services, but some board members question the idea, the Keynoter reports.
ARE YOU OK? The University of Florida works to improve its mental health services, the Gainesville Sun reports.