Florida education news: Foster grandparents, guns on campus, test cheating and more
STAYING YOUNG: Hundreds of Tampa area seniors participate in the Foster Grandparent program in local schools. (Times photo, Melissa Lyttle)
END OF AN ERA: Walt Disney World plans to end its annual Grad Nite program after this year.
NO GUNS: Florida Senate Republicans delete a proposal that would have allowed weapons on university campuses.
CUTS COMING: Hillsborough schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia says it's unlikely the district can avoid spending reductions. • Two Panhandle superintendents say their districts can survive one more round of major budget cuts, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
MOVING RIGHT ALONG: A bill to change Florida teacher contracts, evaluations and pay continues on its path through the Legislature. • One big issue is whether the state can afford to pay for its implementation, the St. Augustine Record reports.
REASONS TO CHEAT: Teachers in Florida and other states sometimes help students on tests, but the reasons why are unclear, USA Today reports.
TOP HONORS: The Volusia School Board considers whether to drop valedictorian and salutatorian rankings for high schools, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
BATTLING BOARD: Marion School Board members snipe at one another over issues and attitude, the Ocala Star Banner reports.
CLASS SIZE: Polk school officials plan to create clusters of schools to deal with class size concerns, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
DON'T SIT BACK: The Clay School Board chairman urges residents to call lawmakers with concerns over education funding, the Florida Times-Union reports.
STICK AROUND: Some Palm Beach School Board members wouldn't mind if interim superintendent Bill Malone stays for longer than six months, the Palm Beach Post reports.
MORE TRAINING: Teachers who work with migrant children in Florida child care centers will get additional training, the Bradenton Herald reports.
ON HOLD: Several construction projects at Florida public universities stall because of a lack of funding, the Naples Daily News reports.
NO MORE BOOKS? Florida looks into having its schools go digital in five years, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
CHARTER PROBLEM: The Orange School Board moves to shut a failing charter school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.