Florida education news: Higher education funding, class size, school zero tolerance and more
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: The private University of Miami's jump past the public University of Florida on recent college ranking lists highlights the state's persistently low funding of public higher education, the Miami Herald reports. (Image from SalesHQ)
'RIGHT SIZE' CLASS SIZE: Florida voters should back changes to the state's 2002 class size amendment, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes. • Escambia and Santa Rosa look for ways to comply with the rules, the Pensacola News Journal reports.
OTHER OPTIONS: South Florida schools look for alternatives to inflexible zero tolerance discipline policies, the Miami Herald reports.
HOMEWORK HELP: Broward educators warn parents against doing too much of their children's homework, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TRADING PLACES: A Manatee County teacher will swap classrooms with a teacher from England for half the year, then come back to teach about it, the Bradenton Herald reports.
IT'S A DREAM: First-year teachers in Collier can't wait to get classes started, the Naples Daily News reports.
RENTING BOOKS: Edison College and Florida Gulf Coast University join the crowd of schools renting textbooks to students, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SOCIAL NETWORKING: Central Florida teachers use Twitter and other online services to enhance their teaching, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CONSTRUCTION SHIFT: With growth on the wane, Sarasota turns its attention to revamping old schools rather than building new ones, the Herald-Tribune reports.
NEW LEADER: Flagler schools open the new year with a new superintendent, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
RECORD NUMBERS: Polk State College sees its highest enrollment ever, the Lakeland Ledger reports.