Florida education news: SB 6, Race to the Top, flagship universities and more
TOUGH TO MEASURE: Pinellas special education teacher Liza Johnson wonders how the provisions of SB 6 would apply to challenging students like hers. The Florida Education Association leads the fight among teachers — many of whom protested again Monday — to stop the bill. But it's not only teachers who oppose the bill. (Times photo, Douglas Clifford)
MAKING FIXES: Florida education commissioner Eric J. Smith is preparing to reapply for Race to the Top funds, the Jacksonville Observer reports.
FOR YOUR RECONSIDERATION: Florida voters have a chance to make the state's class size amendment more reasonable in its implementation, the Herald-Tribune editorializes.
MORE ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL: With its student pregnancy rate up, the Manatee school district seeks a grant to implement a broader sex education curriculum in four middle schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.
FIGHTING BACK: The Duval School Board approves $50,000 to cover legal fees as it challenges a proposal to make the board appointed rather than elected, the Florida Times-Union reports.
WHO'S A FLAGSHIP? A bill to segregate Florida's universities based on their size and mission gets bogged down in a single word that seems to give UF more than any other school, the Florida Times-Union reports.
JEB FIXED IT: Critics who say former Florida governor Jeb Bush destroyed public education and affirmative action have it all wrong, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.
NO CONFIDENCE? Palm Beach teachers will take a (mostly symbolic) vote of confidence in superintendent Art Johnson, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LABOR NEWS: Polk noninstructional personnel are slated to get 1.91 percent raises, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
SHOP LOCAL: The University of Florida tries to buy as much local produce as possible for its dining halls, the Gainesville Sun reports.