Florida education news: Gates Foundation grant, long school bus rides, school prayer and more
ANSWERING QUESTIONS: Hillsborough school officials will explain their plans for the district's $100 million Gates Foundation grant to teachers, now that they have the grant.
SEVEN TO GO: The Hernando School Board will interview its candidates for superintendent this week. It has two internal and five outside hopefuls to consider.
GET ON BOARD: Battles with Florida's teachers unions should not impede the state's effort to reform schools with Race to the Top funds, the Times editorializes. • All parties should focus on helping children succeed in finding compromise to make the Race to the Top work for Florida, the Miami Herald editorializes. • Monroe's superintendent is working with the local union leader to see if they can't reach an agreement on the grant, the Keynoter reports.
WHAT PEOPLE WANT: A panel charged with reviewing Broward's policies and procedures will ask the public its views on how to fix the ethics problems plaguing the district, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TIME TO COMMIT: Florida needs to put more money into schools as its demographics demand a greater investment, the Tallahassee Democrat editorializes.
PEOPLE POWER: Palm Beach parents and voters could force major change on their School Board, Palm Beach Post columnist Jac Wilder VerSteeg writes.
LONG BUS RIDES: A group of Lee parents raises concerns about having their kids on the bus for more than 90 minutes, the Naples Daily News reports.
NO MAJOR CHANGES: St. Lucie and Martin schools prepare to meet next year's class-size rules without altering attendance zones, the Stuart News reports.
SCHOOL PRAYER: The Liberty Counsel, a Christian rights organization, plans to sue the Santa Rosa district, saying the district has violated the constitutional rights of staff and students, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
GET INSURED: The University of Florida is supporting proposals that would require all students to have health insurance, the Gainesville Sun reports.