Florida education news: Hoodlums, lawmakers, school uniforms and more
AT LEAST SHE DIDN'T SAY 'NIGGARDLY': Pinellas School Board chairwoman Janet Clark calls disruptive kids "hoodlums" and gets criticized for her use of the word. (Times photo, Chris Zuppa)
TOP OF THE CLASS: Brooksville Junior Service League gives two teens the Cinderella Treatment • Pine Grove Elementary has a week steeped in Dr. Seuss • Hernando community leaders come to Eastside Elementary for Read Across America
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE: School leaders in northeast Florida urge residents to pressure their lawmakers for more education funding, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Alachua schools are "pinching our pennies" to make the budget work, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
NO LUNCH: A Lee County high school gives students snacks instead of meals to accommodate its FCAT testing schedule, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
MOVE ON: The Indian River School Board considers plans to close a school and move hundreds of students, the Vero Beach Press Journal reports.
WHAT TO WEAR: The Manatee school district considers making it easier for schools to adopt student uniforms, the Herald-Tribune reports.
NATIONAL STANDARDS: A consortium that Florida is participating in releases draft national math and English standards for schools, the L.A. Times reports.
MID-YEAR CUTS: Monroe school officials prepare for staff and spending cuts after finding a $5 million shortfall in the current fiscal year, the Keynoter reports.
FCAT PROBLEMS: A pilot online FCAT retake program doesn't go smoothly for Leon County high schoolers, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.