Florida education news: school budget cuts, cell phones, uniforms and more
ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS: Pinellas School Board members tentatively agree to several budget cuts, including new school starting times, to save $11 million in spending. • Rising health insurance costs threaten to swell the Hillsborough school district's budget shortfall.
LEADERSHIP DECISIONS: Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino works to fill current principal vacancies with an eye also to expected retirements in the next couple of years.
GRAD NOTES: Dell Barnes Jr. leads his Nature Coast Technical High class toward graduation and beyond.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Ridgecrest Elementary fifth-graders prepare duffel bags for foster children • Theater teacher Keven Renken's dedication rewarded • Gibbs High's Blaine Krauss named 2010 Presidential Scholar
PACKING UP FOR GOOD: Hundreds of Broward teachers end the school year with no job when classes resume, NBC Miami reports.
OUTRAGED AND FRUSTRATED: Florida Department of Education officials blast NCS Pearson for its delay in returning FCAT scores, the Miami Herald reports. • The mistakes are "beyond embarrassing," the Naples Daily News editorializes.
NOT COOL: Some St. Lucie parents complain about the school district's decision to turn off the air conditioning while after-school programs are still occurring, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports. The district also plans to increase meal prices and ask voters to raise taxes to deal with its shrinking budget, the paper reports.
MISUSE OF FUNDS: A Miami-Dade school official is accused of using McKay scholarship money to pay for her own children's private school tuition, the Miami Herald reports.
"I WAS WRONG": Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson finally admits it, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TURN IT OFF: The Polk School Board considers new school cell phone policies, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
PAY FOR IT: Florida's universities look for another tuition increase for the fall, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LEAVE THEIR SHIRTS ALONE: About 50 Alachua high school students protest the district's planned new school uniforms, the Gainesville Sun reports.