Florida education news: Grading special education centers, FCAT prep, Bright Futures scholarships and more
NEVER MIND: Education commissioner Gerard Robinson withdraws his proposal to grade Florida's special education centers after a public outcry against the idea. See Robinson's YouTube comments on the proposal here.
FCAT PREP: Some Hillsborough schools use Saturday "academies" to get students ready for testing.
DISCRIMINATION? A Hernando teacher files an EEOC complaint against her school.
TAPPING INTO RESERVES: St. Petersburg College decides to use its savings for two new building projects.
PICKING LAWYERS: The Hernando School Board begins interviews to choose new legal counsel.
(NOT SO) BRIGHT FUTURES: A legislative proposal would cause thousands of Florida university students to lose their Bright Futures scholarships, the Gainesville Sun reports.
BONUSES ON THE WAY: St. Johns teachers should get their school recognition pay by April, the St. Augustine Record reports.
HE'S GONE: The Duval School Board decides not to renew superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals' contract; he says he planned to retire anyway, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SUE YOU: A former Edison State College administrator sues the school and its top officials, saying he was fired inappropriately, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
COME TOGETHER: US Education Secretary Arne Duncan visits an Orlando school to tout a new program encouraging more community involvement in low-income schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SHE'S KEEPING IT: As the Manatee School Board cuts salaries for employees, one board member refuses to give back any of her pay despite a pledge to do so, the Herald-Tribune reports.
NO CONFIDENCE: The principal of Palm Beach's largest charter school resigns amid criticism from her staff, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: A fourth USF Polytechnic trustee resigns, leaving just one, the Ledger reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Michael Long, the New College sophomore who's the student member of the Florida Board of Governors.