Florida education news: Gender equity lawsuit, tuition increase, FCAT pressure and more
NO MAJOR CUTS: Unlike other Florida institutions, USF expects to make it through the next budget cycle without touching programs or laying off large numbers of employees.
TAXING DECISION: They don't like it, but Pinellas board members unanimously agree to raise local taxes if the budget picture doesn't improve. • Hernando board members talk down the tax idea, but don't totally rule it out. • Lee officials approve a plan that avoids a tax increase, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN: Pasco School Board members criticize superintendent Heather Fiorentino for failing to consult with them on administrative changes, but they don't take steps to undermine the changes.
SEEKING ACCOUNTABILITY: Hernando board members call for an investigation into how some Pasco residents were permitted to enter a local magnet program.
SHE MISSED AGAIN: Pasco board member Cathi Martin misses the summer FSBA conference in Tampa, saying she was sick. The district bills her for the registration fee it paid.
SPORTS SUIT: A gender-equity group has sued the FHSAA over its game-cutting plans, saying it discriminates against girls.
NAMING RIGHTS: Miami-Dade and Broward follow different tracks when deciding how to name schools, the Miami Herald reports.
TOO MUCH PRESSURE: Some Okaloosa parents don't like the way the state puts so much emphasis on the FCAT, the Destin Log reports.
PRIORITY PLACEMENT: Broward looks into giving laid-off teachers first right of refusal for substitute jobs, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TUITION HIKE: Florida Gulf Coast University makes its 15 percent increase official, the Naples Daily News reports.
NO CAMERAS: Duval bans student use of cameras at school unless they get permission, the Florida Times-Union reports.