Florida education news: SB 6, paddling, budget cuts and more
WHAT ABOUT SB 6? Candidates for statewide office in Florida find the issue of the teacher bill front and center. Gov. Charlie Crist is still gathering information to decide whether he will veto the sweeping legislation. The Palm Beach Post offers myths and facts about the bill. Manatee superintendent Tim McGonegal joins the growing list of leaders pushing for a veto, the Bradenton Herald reports. (AP photo)NEW ERA: Bill Law becomes president of St. Petersburg College.
LIMITED RESOURCES: Hundreds of Pasco and Hernando school-age children might lose subsidies for child care as the Early Learning Coalition refocuses its funds on preschoolers.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Gulf High cadets are tops again
NO PADDLING: The Marion School Board bans corporal punishment after months of debate, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
HOLIDAY, NOT VACATION DAY: Indian River sets a calendar that has students coming to school on Good Friday and Veterans Day, the Vero Beach Press Journal reports.
THINK AGAIN: Florida lawmakers are on a course to slash Florida Virtual School, a bad idea that shouldn't happen, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes.
ATTENDING ONLINE: Lee's virtual instruction program gains more interest, the Fort Myers News-Pressreports.
VOUCHER VOTE: Florida lawmakers seek to put a referendum on the November ballot that would allow the state to use tax money toward religious institutions, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
BUDGET NEWS: Broward leaders say one unpaid day off could save the district millions, if the employees will agree to such a move, the Sun-Sentinel reports. They're looking for places to cut as no one seems to want to scale back arts education, the Miami Herald reports. • Sarasota makes cuts to middle school sports, instructional aides and more to save about $6 million, the Herald-Tribune reports. • St. Lucie leaders say hundreds of school employees could lose their jobs if the district can't find money to replace federal stimulus funds that expire after next year, the Fort Pierce Tribune reports. • Monroe schools face immediate cuts of about $8.7 million, the Keynoter reports. • Shrinking property values means less tax revenue for Polk schools, the Lakeland Ledger reports. • Florida leaders need to create a more stable source of revenue for schools before core curriculum programs suffer major cuts, Florida Today editorializes.