Florida education news: Race to the Top, school funds, travel ban and more
WHAT'S THE MESSAGE? Florida's Democrats and Republicans take different messages from the state's surprising failure to win a Race to the Top grant in the first round. Lawmakers should find room to compromise with unions to be successful next time, the Times editorializes.
PUSHY PRINCIPAL: Teachers at Hernando Westside Elementary School complain that their principal is a bully and hurting performance.
ABOUT THAT DEMOTION: Hillsborough school employee, sometime board candidate and blogger David Schmidt is demoted — officially for a failure to disclose a conflict of interest, but he sees it differently.
FOUR REMAIN: Hillsborough Community College narrows its field of president candidates.
EXTRA MONEY: Brevard school officials are looking at smaller than expected cuts for 2010-11, Florida Today reports.
WRITE YOUR LAWMAKERS (NOT): A Duval high school cancels a writing assignment where students were asked to ask lawmakers to preserve education funding, saying it was too political, the Florida Times-Union reports.
PROTEST: Polk teachers protest proposals to overhaul teacher pay at their local lawmaker's office, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
DON'T GO THERE: The University of Florida won't let two students use video footage taken in Haiti after the winter earthquake for their thesis because the school had banned travel to the country, the Gainesville Sun reports.