Florida education news: School budget cuts, testing, no smoking on campus and more
BUDGET WOES: Hillsborough school officials say they've got almost all of their $97.7 million expected shortfall covered. • Pasco district leaders say they'll spare the arts as much as possible in their budget cutting. • Alachua schools expect to shed dozens of positions, the Gainesville Sun reports. (Times file photo)
STICKING POINT: Higher education funding remains in dispute during budget talks in the Florida Legislature.
STILL TEACHING: Teachers at a Pinellas private school remain on the job despite not having been paid for weeks.
LAWSUIT DROPPED: Bank of America will dismiss its foreclosure suit against Pasco's Academy at the Lakes.
INFIGHTING: The Duval School Board battles over how to change its perennially struggling schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NOT SO BAD: North Florida students say FCAT testing wasn't so much difficult as boring, the Destin Log reports.
NO SMOKING: Miami-Dade College goes tobacco-free, the Miami Herald reports.
PAY CUT: The president of Edison State College proposes slashing his own salary by nearly $180,000, the Naples Daily News reports.
TOO MUCH TESTING: Palm Beach parents slam the testing culture of public education in a forum with U.S. Education officials, the Palm Beach Post reports.
YOUR AD HERE: The Marion School Board prepares to sell ads on the district website, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.