Florida education news: iPads, Michelle Rhee, school budgets and more
MAKING CONNECTIONS: Pinellas schools buy hundreds of iPads for student use and see students becoming more interested in their lessons. (Times photo, Dirk Shadd)
WHY HER? Florida lawmakers take advice on dealing with teachers from controversial former D.C. chancellor Michelle Rhee. Teachers wonder why.
FOR THE LOVE OF SCIENCE: Educators from NASA and the Science Center of Pinellas County work to get more minority students interested in science.
GETTING READY: Whether or not Gov. Rick Scott's education budget becomes reality, Monroe's schools superintendent expects to slash spending, the Keynoter reports. • Education leaders across South Florida predict major troubles if the budget situation doesn't change, the Miami Herald reports. • Northeast Florida districts have the same concerns, the Florida Times-Union reports. • The looming education budget cuts could hurt Florida long term, the Sun-Sentinel editorializes. • Convincing the GOP-dominated Legislature to approve his budget could be a tough sell, though, Times columnist Howard Troxler writes.
MEDICAL MENTORING: Some Orange high school students from a medical magnet school get hands-on experience from the UCF College of Medicine, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
KEEPING THE FAITH: Escambia superintendent Malcolm Thomas says God's word gets him through the tough times, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
LET HIM STAY? Some Palm Beach business leaders are suggesting their school board keep superintendent Art Johnson until a replacement is found, the Palm Beach Post reports. Observers say Johnson's time expired when he kept treating board members like a rubber stamp, the Post reports.
IN-FIGHTING: Members of the Alachua School Board aren't getting along too well, the Gainesville Sun reports.