Florida education news: Property taxes, teacher fees, school calendars and more
TO TAX, OR NOT TO TAX: Pinellas and Pasco school officials weigh the pros and cons of increasing their local property tax rate to cover anticipated budget shortfalls. Brevard's superintendent recommends the tax hike to save jobs, Florida Today reports. (Image from life123.com)
PAY $480 OR STAY OUT: The Florida State Board of Education triples the fee to take teacher certification exams.
SECULAR IT IS: Hillsborough decides to keep Good Friday as a school day in setting next year's academic calendar, stress on the word academic.
LISTEN TO THE CHILDREN: The Hernando board agrees to hear the pleas of out-of-county students incorrectly admitted to the district's magnet schools.
ON HOLD: Hernando might delay construction of a new K-8 school because of finances.
3, 2, 1, IT'S OVER: Ridgewood High seniors celebrate the end of high school with a last day countdown.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Wesley Chapel High valedictorian and salutatorian
BUDGET NEWS: With more ground to cover than before, Duval school nurses stress prevention, the Florida Times-Union reports. • A Lee civic group blames its school board for failing to protect the arts in its budgeting, the Fort Myers Florida Weekly reports. • Manatee leaders plan spending knowing that their federal boost of money will run out in two years, the Herald-Tribune reports. • The number of students qualifying for meal assistance rises in Sarasota, the Herald-Tribune reports.• Alachua will use stimulus funds to keep teachers on annual contract, the Gainesville Sun reports.
LABOR NEWS: Miami-Dade teachers agree to two unpaid days, the Miami Herald reports. • Collier teachers can't quite reach a deal on their contract, the Naples Daily News reports. • Manatee teachers reach a tentative agreement that includes step increases, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Frustration rises over the dismissal of 37 teachers at a Leon charter school, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • Bethune-Cookman University lays off 30 employees, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
THEY LOVE THEIR GAME: Hundreds turn out to demand that Martin schools offer lacrosse as a club sport, the Stuart News reports.
STARTING AT THE TOP: An Escambia school begins its total overhaul with the appointment of a new principal, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.