Florida education news: SB 6, school sex education, retirement benefits and more
IT'S NOT OVER: Gov. Charlie Crist's veto of SB 6 does not mean the end of the debate over teacher performance pay and other quality issues. • The ramifications might be felt at the ballot box too. • Teachers vow to remember in November. • Herald-Tribune editorial editor Tom Tryon offers some advice that lawmakers might follow in the wake of the SB 6 uproar. • Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas suggests that Crist put himself first, and teachers should enjoy it while they can. (Political cartoon by Andy Marlette, Pensacola News-Journal)
A GOOD BILL: Crist now should sign SB 4, which overhauls testing and graduation requirements at the high school level, the Times editorializes. • The bill will improve science and math education in Florida, the Tallahassee Democrat editorializes.
WHAT ABOUT THE OLDER KIDS? Some Pasco and Hernando parents fret a plan to eliminate child-care subsidies for school age children.
TALKING ABOUT SEX: Some Manatee parents aren't sold on the idea of extending sex education into the middle schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PAY DISPARITY: Florida Gulf Coast University faces upset professors as newer hires make more than longtime faculty, and there's no offer of tenure either, the Naples Daily News reports.
NICKELS AND DIMES: Florida state workers, including teachers, feel the pinch as lawmakers seek to change retirement benefits in order to balance the budget, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.