Florida education news: required reading, extracurricular clubs, sales tax and more
LIT? OR PORN? A Pasco Gulf High junior refuses to read the novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle for her IB English class, saying the required reading includes too much graphic sex. School officials say there is no alternate assignment.
BUDGET APPROVALS: Pinellas raises its tax rate and blames lawmakers for making them do it. • Pasco okays its general budget with little fuss, then goes on to blast the administration's construction plans. • Hernando's tax rate goes down from a year ago.
FLU NEWS: Tampa area schools have yet to see mass absences because of swine flu. But they're preparing for the worst.
REZONING: Hernando moves ahead with plans to design attendance boundaries for its new high school.
TOP OF THE CLASS: When Beethoven and 09/09/09 mingle • Deer Park Elementary has special occasion for grandparents • Central High student wants to be DECA president • At Chocachatti Elementary, young candidates have their say on election day
NEW MAJORITY: Collier focuses on new academic needs as the district becomes majority Hispanic, the Naples Daily News reports.
FEWER CLUBS: Broward schools scale back on extracurricular clubs as the district can no longer afford them, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
FEE BATTLE: Polk wins a lengthy court battle with the local builders association over its right to tie impact fees to class-size reduction needs, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
CAMPUS STABBING: A boy is killed while fighting over the affection of a girl with a schoolmate at Coral Gables Senior High, the Miami Herald reports.
DISTRICT RELIES ON PENNIES: Seminole's 1 percent sales tax for school construction expires soon, leaving district officials worried about how they will pay for projects if it is not renewed, the Orlando Sentinel reports.