Florida education news: Planning in Pinellas, raising tuition, perfect attendance rewards and more
STAY A LITTLE LONGER: Pinellas board chair Peggy O'Shea will propose that teachers stay after school to plan on Wednesdays, rather than having a one-hour early release every Wednesday for planning as their new contract provides.
TUITION HIKE: Gov. Charlie Crist signs the bill letting Florida universities raise tuition up to 15 percent.
ANOTHER NO-SHOW: Pasco board member Cathi Martin misses a high school graduation where she's to represent the board. She has been under scrutiny for chronic absences.
FCAT POWWOW: Hernando administrators and educators sit to discuss the good and bad in the county's FCAT results, and what to do about them.
BIG MONEY: Springstead High senior Christopher Echanique becomes Hernando's first Gates Millennium scholar.
SHOWING UP IS HALF THE BATTLE: Locke Elementary parent coordinator Cookie Lee sees to it that every kid who has perfect attendance gets a free bicycle at the end of each year.
FEDERAL CASE: The feds are looking into whether 64 Florida school districts are denying rights to special needs students, WINK-TV reports.
LABOR NEWS: Collier offers teachers a 3 percent bonus, but also would have them work longer hours and pay part of their benefits, the Naples Daily News reports. • A hearing officer sides with Chipola College faculty in a dispute over pay, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • Broward teachers plan to sue the district, saying they weren't given enough notice that they wouldn't have jobs, the Miami Herald reports. • Osceola won't renew 192 teachers, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TV GOT IT WRONG: A South Florida newscast freaked parents when it reported that a Broward charter school would be closing, but the story was wrong, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
ALMS FOR THE ARTS: Lee considers raising its tax rate to keep its art and music programs intact, the Naples Daily News reports.