Florida education news: SB 6, school prayer, truancy and more
BLUE FLU: Miami-Dade teachers talk about a sick-out in protest of SB 6. • Gov. Crist says he needs a week to decide what to do with the bill. He says it's the most pressure he's faced as governor, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Hillsborough schools, meanwhile, sit pretty with the state's only exception to the bill. • Veto it, the Times editorializes. • The Palm Beach Post agrees. • It's not an easy choice for a governor caught between teachers and his party, the NY Times reports. • All this has got tempers flaring in St. Johns County, the Ponte Vedre Recorder reports. • In all, this bill is a disaster, Washington Post ed blogger Valerie Strauss writes.
DON'T COME BACK: A former Hernando High School teacher and coach loses his certificate over sexual conduct with two female students.
13 SO FAR: The Polk school district has drawn 13 superintendent candidates including Palm Beach's embattled former chief academic officer, the Winter Haven News Chief reports.
GOOD RIDDANCE: Jacksonville area high schoolers say it's never too soon to replace the FCAT, which they deem a waste of time, First Coast News reports.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH: A school prayer bill continues to make its way through the Florida Legislature, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
WE WANT SHEIKRA! Some Collier middle schoolers and their parents want answers after their annual Busch Gardens trip is abruptly canceled, the Naples Daily News reports.
GO TO SCHOOL: Clay County sees positive results with its truancy court, which St. Johns County is ready to replicate, the Florida Times-Union reports.
FOR THE KIDS: Indian River teachers worry they might lose some of the kids they have on track to graduation if the district kills their dropout prevention program, the Vero Beach Press Journal reports.
HUMANS VS. ZOMBIES: A campus wide game of tag has University of Florida officials worried about all the toy guns, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about the possible legal implications of SB 6 with Ron Meyer, lawyer for the Florida Education Association.