Florida education news: iPads, furloughs, prekindergarten and more
GOING DIGITAL: Pasco's Wiregrass Ranch High School tests whether a group of freshmen can survive the year with an iPad replacing textbooks. (Times photo, Stephen Coddington)
WILLING TO GO: Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen offers to resign in the face of negative performance evaluations, but only for a price.
COME TOGETHER: USF president Judy Genshaft urges leaders to drop talk of breaking up the university system.
FORGET FURLOUGHS? Pinellas offers to forego furloughs if employees agree to absorb higher health insurance costs.
LABOR NEWS: Broward teachers agree to a contract that includes small bonuses and no furlough days, allowing the district to secure its Race to the Top grant, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • A judge rules that the Polk district violated state law in refusing to negotiate changes to employee health insurance benefits, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
NEW CHALLENGES: Manatee students face a variety of changes, including new tests and larger classes, as they return to school, the Bradenton Herald editorializes.
REACCREDITATION*: Edison State College will likely get reaccredited but remain the subject of ongoing scrutiny amid a string of missteps, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
MORE CUTS: The Manatee School Board calls for added budget cuts after local activists decry a proposed tax rate increase, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Marion schools slash support for band instruments and travel, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
DIGGING DEEPER: The Palm Beach School Board considers turning its auditing department into an inspector general office, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FEWER KIDS: Brevard schools experience their sixth straight year of enrollment declines, Florida Today reports.
DO IT BETTER: Gov. Rick Scott urges Florida charter school leaders to prove themselves worthy of existence, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
MAKE IT GOOD: A movement grows to improve Florida's voluntary prekindergarten quality, the News Service of Florida reports.