Florida education news: SB 6, FCAT, cell phones in school and more
VETO COMING? Gov. Charlie Crist suggests he might not sign SB 6 into law. • Seems like the Florida Legislature is sending a clear message that being a school teacher isn't the right profession, columnist C.T. Bowen writes. • The Florida Chamber of Commerce says SB 6 won't cut teacher pay. PolitiFact says Mostly True. (Times photo, Stephen J. Coddington)
BYE-BYE FCAT: The Florida Legislature is poised to phase out the high school FCAT exams in favor of end of course tests.
THERE OUGHT TO BE A LAW: Some Hillsborough County high school students shepherd an anti-smoking bill through the Florida Senate.
BEST SESSION EVER: For former governor Jeb Bush, that is, who's pushing his education agenda with loads of GOP support, the Palm Beach Post reports.
UNHEALTHY KIDS: Florida children are less healthy that in the past, and it's weighing on their schools, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
SHOW SOME RESTRAINT: A Palm Beach family sues the Palm Beach school system for repeatedly restraining their autistic son in school, the Palm Beach Post reports.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE: The Broward school district launches a new anti-bullying campaign, the Miami Herald reports.
MORE THAN ABSTINENCE: With girls getting pregnant at younger ages, the Manatee school district looks to increase its sex education lessons, the Herald-Tribune reports.
FIX BRIGHT FUTURES: Florida should make the scholarship program more competitive while also taking into account financial need, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.
BAD RECEPTION: A plan to let Palm Beach students use cell phones in classes doesn't sound so good to School Board members, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GET CRACKING: The University of South Florida sets the stage to begin construction of its Lakeland campus, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
DOUBLE DIPPING: Central Florida school districts take different approaches to the looming change in Florida law regarding quick returns to jobs after retirement, the Orlando Sentinel reports.