Florida education news: Layoffs, campus visits, school board meeting costs and more
NOT BACKING DOWN: State Sen. JD Alexander digs deep into Florida university operations amid his push to gain independence for USF Polytechnic. (Times photo, Scott Keeler)
CONTRACT REVIEW: Hillsborough district leaders look for a more structured way to hire outside experts.
MAJOR AWARD: USF student Jean Weatherwax becomes the university's first winner of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship.
BAD CHOICES: Gov. Rick Scott does a disservice to Florida by pitting the budgets of health care and education against each other, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH: Putting $1 billion back into Florida's public school operations won't prevent layoffs in Collier schools, the Naples Daily News reports.
OUTSIZED PENALTY? Students say ousting the principal of their Duval high school doesn't fit his actions, though wrong, the Florida Times-Union reports.
HAVE YOUR ID READY: Indian River schools tighten their campus visit procedures after a sex offender made his way onto a campus, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
TOO PRICEY? Broward's new superintendent figures that School Board meetings cost the district nearly $500,000 a year in staff time, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Okaloosa teachers union remains in dispute with the district over salary step increases, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
TAX TALK: Monroe school district officials debate next steps if their tax referendum fails, the Keynoter reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Hudson High School credit recovery teacher Teresa Caraker.