Florida education news: Overflow dorms, policy revisions, selling concessions and more
NO ROOM AT THE DORM: The University of Tampa houses overflow students at a nearby Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel. (TImes photo, Kathleen Flynn)
WAIT UNTIL KIDS ARE GONE: Pinellas decides to stop doing roofing work at San Jose Elementary until students leave each day, after concerns arise about the smoke and fumes.
EXAM EXEMPTIONS: Hillsborough will consider giving seniors one break on finals.
POLICY MATTERS: Pasco teachers raise some red flags about the School Board's policy manual revisions in hopes of getting some amendments before everything is approved.
SOFT LANDING: Dismissed Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander nabs a six-figure, high profile education job in Connecticut.
LOCKED DOWN: USF-Tampa students sit tight as police deal with a bomber (who turned out not to have a bomb).
TAKE THE PAY CUT: Pasco board members should follow state law, not the FSBA's fuzzy logic, in setting their salary, the Times editorializes.
BUYING TIME: St. Johns superintendent Joe Joyer tells parents that the federal stimulus package delayed, but won't stop, Florida schools from dealing with the major costs of the class size amendment, the St. Augustine Record reports.
SEEKING SAVINGS: Manatee considers cutting sick leave payouts at retirement for future employees, the Bradenton Herald reports.
MONEY LOSER: Broward sets new rules for working concessions that could cost school clubs big money, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
WHERE'S THE MONEY? Lee teachers are peeved as the district recalculates how they get paid, and their checks shrink slightly, the Naples Daily News reports.
GROWING AGAIN: FAMU sees its enrollment rise to levels before it was embroiled in troubles, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.