Florida education news: Panning Rick Scott's budget, teaching the FCAT, naming schools and more
FCAT FOCUS: Some Pasco third-grade teachers say they try not to overemphasize the annual exam, but they also have concerns that changes to their evaluations and pay system might change that. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
REALLY? Florida lawmakers, including members of the House Pre-K-12 Appropriations Subcommittee, cast doubts on Gov. Rick Scott's budget proposal. • Educators hold out hope that the GOP-dominated Legislature will keep up the pushback, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Lee educators say they were stunned by the scope of Scott's desired cuts, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Brevard leaders, too, Florida Today reports. • Don't forget about Panhandle school leaders, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • And St. John's, the St. Augustine Record reports.
MOVING STUDENTS: The Pinellas School Board gives initial approval to new elementary attendance zones.
'THE COMPLETE PACKAGE': Melissa Morian is Pasco County's Outstanding Senior for 2011.
LAYOFFS LOOM: Palm Beach officials say the district would face teacher layoffs if Gov. Scott's budget becomes reality, the Palm Beach Post reports. • At the same time, the district talks about hiring teachers to meet class size standards, the Post reports. • Seminole schools look at possible layoffs, too, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
COOL IT: The Palm Beach School Board should stop talking about firing superintendent Art Johnson until its investigation into his actions is complete, the Sun-Sentinel editorializes.
PROBLEMS? A lawyer threatens to sue the Lee school district over its treatment of students with special needs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SORRY: A Duval School Board member apologizes for criticizing education commissioner Eric J. Smith, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SPENDING MONEY: The Marion School Board saves some "windfall funds" to offset expected budget cuts, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
TRY AGAIN: Polk residents call for a new process for naming a new elementary school, the Lakeland Ledger reports.