Florida education news: School break, GI Bill, student cheating and more
FUN DAY: Hundreds of Dunedin High School freshmen take the day off as juniors take FCAT science, after the administration accidentally tells them they don't have to attend.
CUTTING SPECIALS: Hernando school officials consider getting rid of theater, music and art teachers in order to have enough math, science and reading teachers.
AND THE WINNER IS ... USF medical students learn where they'll spend their residencies on Match Day.
TOP OF THE CLASS: East Lake High's chorus hits high note - Carnegie Hall
GETTING SERIOUS: The move to a national math and language arts core curriculum bodes well for United States education, the Times editorializes.
GETTING BETTER: Military veterans are having an easier time getting their GI Bill college benefits in Florida than previously, the AP reports.
TEACHER TAX: The Florida Senate drops a provision in its teacher quality bill that would have forced a local tax for districts that don't comply with merit pay rules, the Florida Times-Union reports. • The Florida Education Association joins the Florida Democratic Party to blast the bill in ads, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Criticism for the bill continues to grow among teachers, the Palm Beach Post reports.
HIGH TECH CHEATING: Cell phones and the Internet make it easier for students to cheat on their school work, the Miami Herald reports.
WHAT THE HECK? Local teacher unions criticize the Broward and Palm Beach school districts for recruiting out of state, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
FEELING SLIGHTED: One Collier neighborhood argues that the School Board should not have rezoned its children to a different high school, the Naples Daily News reports.
KEEP THEM READING: An Indian River middle school teacher uses Facebook to fight the district's plan to eliminate some reading courses, the Vero Beach Press Journal reports.
PRAYER LAWSUIT: The Liberty Counsel says it will sue Santa Rosa schools over the district's consent decree regarding prayer in schools, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
WHEN WILL THEY LEARN? An Escambia High School teacher is fired for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male student, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.