Florida education news: Principals, taxes, accountability and more
PRINCIPAL NEWS: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia names one of Middleton High's assistant principals to run the struggling school, which faces sanctions from the state. • Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino transfers two veteran principals to new posts.
TAX TIME: Pinellas tentatively approves a tax rate increase.
FLORIDA IN THE LEAD: Florida is well positioned to take advantage of the Obama administration's Race to the Top grant because of its years of education reform, the Miami Herald editorializes.
JUST CAN'T DO IT: The man who pledged FAU's biggest donation ever can't come up with the cash, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
AT LAST, AGREEMENT: Miami-Dade's board unanimously supports a budget that avoids layoffs, just a year after it couldn't agree on a budget at all, the Miami Herald reports.
SHAPE UP: Marion schools are working to comply with the state's new differentiated accountability system, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
DUNCAN VISITS: The US Education secretary tours an Orlando-area elementary school and wonders why more communities can't replicate its success, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SEEKING TALENT: Some Gadsden middle school students get a first-hand look at some college science courses as part of a million-dollar talent search program for low-income children, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.