Florida education news: Kindles, class size, religion in schools and more
LOOK AT ALL THOSE KINDLES: Clearwater High prepares to go paperless, and questions still remain if Kindles really can replace books. (Times photo, Jim Damaske)
CLASS SIZE CHALLENGE: The Florida Education Association gets its day in court to argue that Amendment 8 misleads voters and should not appear on the ballot. • Meanwhile, Marion schools (like most others) begin shuffling teacher and students to meet the mandate, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
FREE TO BE: In Florida schools, teachers and students generally can wear religious symbols or clothing, or express their religious beliefs, so long as the goal is to teach not preach.
IN THEIR OWN DEFENSE: Students in Hernando's adult literacy program say they're no threat to the children on the K-8 campus where they take classes.
NOT ENOUGH: Leaders of several northeast Florida school districts say their share of Race to the Top funds would not be enough to fully implement the required reforms, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NO LAYOFFS NEEDED: Miami-Dade crafts a balanced budget that avoids letting go teachers or noninstructional school staff, the Miami Herald reports.
'MORE FAIR FOR EVERYONE': Broward sets new rules giving employees more opportunities to defend themselves against allegations, the Miami Herald reports.
HANDS OFF: Manatee's superintendent wants to fire an elementary teacher for manhandling a student, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NOT YOUR MONEY: A Broward teacher is accused of stealing money from his students, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
'IMMORAL CONDUCT': Ave Maria University kicks a religious group off its campus after one of the nuns is accused of a sexual relationship with a female student, the Naples Daily News reports.