Florida education news: Marching band, school closures, merit pay and more
AND THE BAND PLAYED ON: Participating in band in Hillsborough high schools costs families $200 or more, making it tough for some students to take part. (Times photo, Stephen Coddington)
GOOD JOB: USF trustees give president Judy Genshaft a $93,525 performance bonus — but will withhold it until her contract ends or the economy improves, whichever comes first.
GOING THAT EXTRA STEP: Fewer Pasco teachers aim for National Board certification as the state withdraws its financial support.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: RCMA Wimauma Academy, a charter school in southeast Hillsborough, helps migrant children and families succeed.
MOVING MONEY: Pasco officials slowly make good on their word to defund a new office building and put the money into school needs.
PROMISE: Hillsborough's Gates Foundation grant for teacher quality gives hope that public school systems can improve for students, the Times editorializes.
LABOR NEWS: Broward's teachers union and administration leaders plan to square off to discuss their many points of opposition, the Miami Herald reports. • St. John's schools reach agreement with two labor unions for a 2010-11 contract, the St. Augustine Record reports. • UF faculty contract talks break down two days after a tentative deal emerged, the Gainesville Sun reports.
MAKE IT WORK: Florida school districts need to make merit pay work, not just for federal funds but for the benefit of students, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes.
GETTING BY: A growing number of Sarasota students live without parents or guardians, the Herald-Tribune reports.
THERE MUST BE ANOTHER CHOICE: Some Okaloosa parents get increasingly frustrated over the district's plan to close their children's school, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
FIX THE FLOODING: Leon High turns into a lake when it rains, and parents want something done about it, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.