Florida education news: Rick Scott's budget, school vouchers, teacher unions and more
NEVER FORGET: Fivay High School students decorate retired fire hydrants with memories of 9-11-01. Their art is now on display at MOSI. (Times photo, Stephen Coddington)
CHARTER CHALLENGE: Teachers who left an Orange County charter school say it should be closed for failing to meet student needs, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NERVOUSLY WAITING: Treasure Coast school officials want to know how Gov. Rick Scott's budget plan would help them avoid major cuts, the Stuart News reports. More on the budget from the Orlando Sentinel.
FACING FINES: Two Miami-Dade lawmakers prepare bills that would relax the penalties for failing to meet class size rules, the Miami Herald reports.
PAY FOR IT: If Florida lawmakers want teacher merit pay to work, they need to put up money for it, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.
PUSHING VOUCHERS: Gov. Rick Scott hopes to expand Florida's school voucher program, saying it will give parents choices and save Florida money, the Herald-Tribune reports.
OOPS: The Palm Beach school district admits to overpaying hundreds of newly hired teachers, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
DISCLAIMER: The Polk School Board will add a statement before its meeting invocations saying the board does not endorse the message, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
TOUGH TIMES: Alachua's new teacher union president defends unions as Florida lawmakers challenge much of what they stand for, the Gainesville Sun reports.