Florida education news: Race to the Top, arts education, student spending and more
PLEASE SIGN: Florida education commissioner Eric J. Smith says teachers' refusal to sign documents agreeing to participate in Race to the Top could doom the state's application. • The Obama administration should not let the unions in Florida and Minnesota undermine important education reforms this way, the Wall Street Journal editorializes. • Palm Beach leaders have agreed to participate without union support, the Palm Beach Post reports. (Image from debthelp.net)
SAVE THE ARTS: Florida parents should consider sending letters to lawmakers asking them to protect the arts in education, columnist Ernest Hooper writes.
THINK AGAIN: The Pasco School Board needs to reconsider some of its new policy proposals to avoid taking employee rights away, columnist C.T. Bowen writes.
REDIRECTING FUNDS: Broward is among a list of school districts across the country using its special education stimulus funds for other purposes, sparking an outcry among parents and activists, the Wall Street Journal reports.
FINANCIAL CHALLENGE: Miami-Dade and Broward face tough choices as the state reduces its per-student funding, the Miami Herald reports.
READY: Florida sees slight improvement in the number of children considered ready for kindergarten at the start of the year, the Bradenton Herald reports.
WORKING ON IT: Suspended Broward School Board member Beverly Gallagher is still trying to work out a plea deal in her corruption case before it gets to court, the Miami Herald reports.
PEPSI IS IT: FIU replaces Coca-Cola with Pepsi as its official soft drink, the Miami Herald reports.
LEAVE THEM BE: About 100 angry Collier parents protest plans to rezone their children, the Naples Daily News reports.
THE TITLE REMAINS THE SAME: Palm Beach's removed chief academic officer gets to keep his title and salary at least through the end of his contract, the Palm Beach Post reports.
IN SEARCH OF WARM CLOTHES: Central Florida teachers and schools scramble to help needy students find warmer clothing during the cold snap, the Orlando Sentinel reports.