Florida education news: School budgets, school bus ads, prayer in school and more
REMEMBERING: Bayonet Point Middle School in Pasco plants a memorial garden to honor 16 staff members who died while working there. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
TOUGH YEAR AHEAD: Pinellas parents offer suggestions of how to cut school spending.
NOT ELIGIBLE: A Hillsborough charter school loses funding for improperly registering 22 underage kindergartners.
STILL WAITING: Florida's universities and colleges await millions in state money that has been pledged to projects and programs.
PICK WISELY: Gov. Rick Scott should look beyond self-interested applicants when selecting a new Hernando School Board member, the Times editorializes.
MORE MONEY: Florida lawmakers and school leaders look at school bus ads as a potential source of revenue, My Fox Tampa Bay reports. • Added funding sources are needed as the education budget coming out of Tallahassee looks increasingly bleak, the St. Augustine Record reports. • Bay County school district leaders say everything is on the table as they look for areas to cut, the Panama City News Herald reports.
APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED: Leaders of Broward's black community continue to call for the resignation of School Board member Ann Murray despite her apology for using a racial slur, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TWO YEARS OR FOUR? Brevard Community College surveys students over whether they think the school should offer four-year degrees, Florida Today reports.
RELIGIOUS RIGHTS: The legal battle continues over the Santa Rosa school district's consent decree regarding prayer in schools, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • More than 100 people attend a Polk School Board meeting with Bibles to support pre-meeting prayers, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
FRUSTRATED: Edison State College faculty have lots of complaints and expect some answers from president Kenneth Walker, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LABOR NEWS: Palm Beach teacher contract negotiations have stalled so long the district might merge two years' worth of talks, the Palm Beach Post reports.