Florida education news: new bell times, no new tax, FCAT apologies
ALARM CLOCK SHUFFLE: Pinellas reluctantly changes bell times and hears suggestions on other ways to save money. Hernando adjusts bell times, too, and isn't any happier about it. See the Pinellas schedule here, and the Hernando schedule here.
READ THEIR LIPS: The Hernando School Board rejects a recommendation to increase property taxes by a quarter mill to help pay for operations.
FCAT MEA CULPA: Pearson president apologizes for late FCAT scores and promises the company will reimburse school districts for any extra expenses they face because of the delay, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
READ THEIR LIPS, TOO: The Miami-Dade School Board is pleased to see a balanced budget that avoids layoffs and tax hikes, the Miami Herald reports.
ON TRIAL FOR TRESPASS: A fired Polk County high school science teacher and current School Board candidate goes on trial for trespassing at his former school, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
BURNING QUESTION: Four student government officers at Florida Gulf Coast University keep their posts in the wake of accusations they smoked marijuana during an off-campus retreat, the Naples Daily News reports.