Florida education news: Higher ed cuts, Hillsborough grad rates, Pasco superintendent race and more
BULL HIT: USF St. Petersburg prepares for a 25 percent budget cut.
THEY SAY WRITE-INS ARE WRONG: The two big-name Republican contenders for Pasco superintendent say they don’t want to see a write-in candidate recruited to close the primary and deny Democrats a vote.
GRAD RATES: The new formula to calculate graduation rates will have varying effects on schools in southeastern Hillsborough.
TRY AGAIN: A new trial is scheduled after a jury can’t reach a decision in the case against a former Lakewood High band director accused of having sex with a student in 2010.
FOR PROFIT FOLLY? The rise of for-profit school management companies is bad for Florida, the chief of the Hillsborough teacher union and the PTA/PTSA president contend in this guest column.
PARENT TRIGGER: The Orlando Sentinel takes an overall look at the parent trigger bill controversy here. The Palm Beach Post Post on Politics blog notes how Jeb Bush’s non-profit Foundation for Florida campaigns for the bill and at the same time asks supporters to pony up some donations.
GATOR PAIN: The University of Florida braces for its share of higher education budget cuts, the Gainesville Sun reports.
PAYING MORE THAN RESPECTS: A Palm Beach high school principal uses $12,000 in school funds to foot the bill for a teacher’s funeral, the Post reports.
CONSTRUCTIVE CONTROL: The Palm Beach School Board gives tentative approval to policies aimed at controlling cost overruns on construction projects, the Post reports.
SLUR SUSPENSION: A Pompano Beach high school teacher is suspended without pay for allegedly yelling at a Haitian student in her class, calling him a "little chocolate boy," the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
BULLY FOR THEM: Lee County school officials offer training to tackle bullying, the Naples Daily News reports.
TOUGH TASK: Creating teacher evaluations based on student performance is a challenge for states throughout the country, the Wall Street Journal reports.
PAY THEM: Florida’s teachers deserve a raise, the Fort Myers News-Press editorializes.