Florida education news: Graduation rates, USF opinions, charter school funding, and more
RATE HIT: Graduation rates for Tampa Bay school districts take a hit under a new, tougher federal formula.
TAMPA BAY TOLL: The proposed budget cut to the University of South Florida would exact a brutal blow on the Tampa Bay region, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says in this guest column. In case you missed it, here’s former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio’s take on the proposal and its wider implications. The Bradenton Herald weighs in, too, in this Sunday editorial.
A CUT FOR CHARTERS: A legislative plan would force school districts to pony up millions of dollars for charter school construction and maintenance, the Miami Herald reports.
NOW THAT YOU MENTION CHARTERS…: The Polk County School Board wants to talk about why some of its schools are seeking to convert to charters, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
BUDGET FORECAST CLOUDY: Lake County Schools prepare for financial suffering despite proposed increases to education funding, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
RAW DEAL: Denying in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants who have graduated from high school in the United States is un-American and likely unconstitutional, a Miami Herald columnist writes.
REALITY CHECK: Some new school rules don’t pass the sniff test, the Florida Times-Union editorializes.