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Florida education news: Pinellas superintendent plans, USF relief, pension ruling and more



THIS TIME HE MEANS IT: Pinellas superintendent John Stewart changes his mind again, telling School Board members he will only stay through December.

‘GOOD NEWS’ FOR USF: University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft declares success after lawmakers agree to fairly distribute cuts to state universities and give USF additional dollars to deal with the transition toward an independent Florida Polytechnic.
PENSION RULING: A judge rules that the decision last year to cut public employee salaries was an unconstitutional breach of the state's contract and orders the money returned with interest. The ruling puts local workers in limbo, the Gainseville Sun reports.
CHARTER IN CROSSHAIRS: A unanimous Pinellas School Board votes to issue Life Force Arts and Technology Academy a 90-day notice of termination.
OVER BEFORE IT STARTS? A large charter school management firm that won reluctant approval to open a school in Pasco County is given two weeks to complete contract negotiations for its proposed K-8 school.
RECOGNITION MONEY NIGHTMARE: Central High School in Brooksville won’t get to decide how to spend its recognition money after missing the deadline to submit a plan to the state.
MOURNING A LOSS: St. Petersburg College grieves for Maria Osterhoudt, a professor who was shot and killed last week.
UGLY BUDGET: The proposed state budget set for a final vote on Friday shortchanges Florida’s future, the Times editorializes.
FLORIDA FROM AFAR: The hit to higher education budgets here is  drawing national coverage, such as this New York Times summary.
GAUGING GROWTH: Measuring students’ fall-to-spring learning gains must be part of any process that claims to accurately represent progress, former Miami-Dade superintendent Octavio Visiedo argues in this guest column for the Miami Herald.
SHACKLED? States such as Florida and Michigan that got waivers from No Child Left Behind might be putting themselves in a jam by agreeing to more oversight, the Detroit News editorializes.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 8:34am]


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