Florida education news: Protests, guns on campus, school class size and more
PROTEST TIME: Two groups of protesters with opposing messages about education, taxes and budgets plan to hit Tallahassee on the opening day of the 2011 legislative session. (Times file photo)
STOPPING SPANGLISH: Miami-Dade educators try to Spanish-speakers to improve their use of the language, the AP reports.
GREEN GOWNS: Florida International University graduates will wear gowns made of recycled plastic bottles at commencement, the Miami Herald reports.
'NO PLACE FOR WEAPONS': Many in Florida higher education oppose a proposal to allow guns on college campuses, the Naples Daily News reports.
MORE OPTIONS: Collier high schools consider adding more college credit options while reducing the number of credits needed to graduate, the Naples Daily News reports.
MORE INTEREST: Florida Atlantic University sees its freshman applications double, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CLASS SIZES SURGE: Several states that don't have class size requirements in their constitution see their student-teacher ratios climb as one way to combat budget woes, the NY Times reports.
TESTING TROUBLES: USA Today discovers problems with standardized test results in several states including Florida.
BIG CHANGES: North Florida lawmakers push for teacher merit pay while critics seek proof that it would work, the St. Augustine Record reports.