Florida education news: Film festival, sales tax, school funding and more
ACTION! Wesley Chapel High students create short movies for the school's annual film festival. (Times photo, Michele Miller)
OFF THE LIST: Gov. Rick Scott dumps a longtime UF trustee as he looks to exert more influence in the selection of a new university president.
PENNY FOR PASCO: Pasco County and school district officials begin their work to seek renewal of a one percent sales tax to support construction projects.
HALF TRUE: A Forbes report that the University of Florida is dropping computer sciences while increasing athletic funding is not entirely accurate, Politifact reports.
VALS AND SALS: Wesley Chapel High School
FCAT BREACH: A Lee middle school teacher quits, accusing her principal of inappropriately dealing with her report that a student brought an iPod into the FCAT testing room, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
AT ODDS: Florida House and Senate leaders disagree over whether the state Supreme Court should take up a case on adequate school funding, the AP reports.
STICK AROUND? Broward officials change course and decide not to let go 152 school bookkeepers, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • The Volusia school district looks at cutting 225 teachers and reducing central office staff, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
KEEP PLAYING: The Duval School Board finds a way to balance its budget without cutting sports or imposing a pay-to-play program, the Florida Times-Union reports.
THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT: The Okaloosa school district unveils its mobile application for easy online access, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
NEUTRAL GROUND: The Polk School Board decides to stay out of a dispute over whether two schools should convert to charter status, the Ledger reports.
WHO DRIVES THE BUS? Bay district leaders address concerns about a proposal to privatize school bus operations, the Panama City News Herald reports. • The Orange school district purchases more environmentally-friendly school buses, the Orlando Sentinel reports.