Florida education news: SB 6, school holidays, Race to the Top and more
FOREGONE CONCLUSION: Dozens of Florida school teachers speak out against SB 6 / HB 7189, which gains the support of the Republican-dominated House Education Policy Council regardless. (Photo special to the Times, Colin Hackley)
A DAY OFF AGAIN? Hillsborough school leaders consider reinstating Good Friday as a student day off from classes after nearly half don't show up anyway.
MEASURING PRE-K SUCCESS: Experts say it's hard to gauge the value of Florida's Voluntary Prekindergarten program because student skills are only assessed at the end, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
JEB'S INFLUENCE: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush endorses a candidate for governor of Alabama who pushes for changes to teacher tenure, expansion of charter schools and other Florida education initiatives in a way that promises Florida-styled fights, the Anniston Star editorializes.
LESS SUPPORT: Manatee and Sarasota schools see parent donations and volunteer time dwindle as the economy remains sluggish, the Herald-Tribune reports.
REFORMER? OR POLITICIAN? By denying Florida's Race to the Top application, US education secretary Arne Duncan suggests that politics holds more power than reform, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.
CUT THE FLEET: An audit states that Orange schools have too many buses, cars and drivers, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CROSSING HIS FINGERS: Central Florida Community College's president is warily watching the state budget process before making tough budget calls of his own, the Ocala Star Banner reports.