Florida education news: Pinellas Education Foundation, high-stakes testing, USF Polytechnic and more
EXTRA BOOST: Hillsborough School Board chairwoman Candy Olson gives a $10,000 scholarship to a Middleton High graduating senior. (Times photo, Edmund D. Fountain)
IN THE WAY? The Pinellas Education Foundation defends its activism in school district affairs amid criticism it often oversteps its bounds.
TOO MUCH TESTING: Palm Beach district leaders consider joining a growing movement against the over-testing of students, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SORRY, FOLKS: USF president Judy Genshaft tells Lakeland campus employees their newly independent school doesn't have enough money to guarantee all their jobs, the Ledger reports.
OVERPAID? Florida Today columnist Matt Reed takes issue with reports suggesting that teachers are gouging taxpayers with their high-priced salaries.
BIG CHANGES: New Broward superintendent Robert Runcie reorganizes the district administration, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
UNDERSTAFFED: More than half of Edison State College professors are teaching an extra load of classes, while others take on administrative duties, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
HEY! OVER HERE! FAMU leaders try to refocus attention away from the school's hazing scandal by talking about the school's good points, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
BABY STEPS: The Manatee School Board approves adding sixth grade to two elementary schools, but nixes the idea of making them K-8 campuses, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SUPERINTENDENT STRUGGLES: The Martin School Board battles over a report that elected superintendent Nancy Kline might have cheated on her certification exam, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BUDGET CRUNCH: Volusia district leaders hope to avoid layoffs as they try to reduce spending for another year, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.