Florida education news: GI Bill, school lunch menu, performance pay and more
COMBAT PAY: Pinellas administrators and the teachers union begin to discuss a differential pay plan and merit pay for teachers who move to the district's most struggling schools.
RESEARCH GRANT: USF receives $1.46 million to study mental illness and substance abuse, its largest federal stimulus grant to date.
SEEKING INPUT: Duval schools launch a Web site to ask the public which federal stimulus grants the district should pursue, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: The revised GI Bill is helping a growing number of military veterans attend Florida colleges and universities full time, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Bay County vet Larry Henderson finds a sense of purpose in college after being wounded in Iraq, the Panama City News Herald reports.
GOING PRIVATE: A Polk charter school for at-risk students goes private to avoid the FCAT, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
GOOD NEWS: Lee schools project increased state funding as enrollment surpasses expectations, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
INSPECTION TIME: State reviewers visit Duval's F-rated schools to identify areas needing improvement, the Florida Times-Union reports.
GRANDSTANDING? OR MORAL OBLIGATION? A newly elected Marion School Board member stands firm on her tactics as others on the board criticize her, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
YUM: Two Orlando moms create a healthy, but more expensive, lunch menu at an Orange elementary school, and kids are eating it up, the Orlando Sentinel reports.