Florida education news: Free textbooks, impact fees, old teachers and more
NO LAYOFFS, NO FURLOUGHS: Pinellas teachers ratify a new 2-year contract.
CUTTING CORNERS: Hundreds of Hillsborough families that had been attending private school return to the public system.
INCREASED FUNDING: The Florida state university system Board of Governors plans to ask for a 1 percent hike in state funds, the AP reports.
THEY HAVE A DREAM: UF students rally in support of the DREAM Act, which would grant undocumented students a way toward citizenship, the Gainesville Sun reports. • Palm Beach Community College students hold a similar event, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
RIVALRY BREWING: State College of Florida and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee are increasingly at odds over which four-year degree programs the college might offer, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.
IGNORE THE NAYSAYERS: A group of hand-picked Palm Beach educators praise the district's new direction on instruction, just a day after the teacher union blasted it, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FULL SPEED AHEAD: FAU trustees ignore a plea from deans to delay their search for a new president, the Palm Beach Post reports.
MONEY FOR GROWTH: Polk considers requesting a doubling of school impact fees, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
VETERAN TEACHERS: The number of Florida teachers in their 70s or older continues to shrink, the Orlando Sentinel reports.