Florida education news: Koch Foundation, FCAT errors, school busing and more
FOR SALE? Florida State University grants the Koch Foundation permission to select faculty to fill the chair the group endows, against established practice at most universities. (Times file photo)
SORRY KIDS: A class of Fernandina Beach Middle School students has its FCAT scores invalidated after a discovery that the test was improperly administered to them, the Fernandina Beach News Leader reports.
BUDGET CUTS: Flagler schools prepare for layoffs, furloughs and other reductions as revenue shrinks, FlaglerLive.com reports. • Palm Beach considers eliminating busing for after-school events and activities, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Seminole may have to close an elementary school as its budget looks more bleak, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
INCENTIVE TO GO: The Manatee School Board approves an "on-time retirement" plan for employees at the top of their pay scales, the Bradenton Herald reports.
MISSING THE MISSION? Florida community colleges rebrand themselves to offer four-year degrees, but the programs aren't drawing many students, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
BREAKING UP: Parents of Lakeland High and Harrison School of the Arts, which share a campus, try to resolve differences that have them seeking to go their separate ways, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
RESOLUTION WANTED: Monroe school officials will enter negotiations with the city of Key West to resolve a dispute over the height of a new middle school, the Keynoter reports.
COLLARS AND KHAKIS: A growing number of Florida school districts explore mandatory student uniforms, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
THE FEWER, THE BETTER: Many University of Florida students look forward to smaller summer school courses, the Gainesville Sun reports.