Florida education news: School budgets, Title I, class size and more
BUDGET TALKS: The Florida House and Senate reach general agreement on the state education budget, but still have some details to iron out.
MAKING STRIDES: Once-failing Sulphur Springs Elementary School in Tampa wins a state reading award.
TITLE I TRADEOFF: Pinellas officials want to put more money into middle and high schools with high levels of poverty, but the money will come out of elementary schools with high levels of poverty.
IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL: State Rep. John Legg talks about his sponsorship of two major education bills this session.
SCHOOL SAVINGS: Hernando Central High opens a student-run credit union.
20 KNOWN GANGS: And the Manatee school district wants to stop more kids from joining, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CLASS SIZE SQUEEZE: Florida lawmakers make the price of noncompliance with state class size laws even higher as voters prepare to decide whether to scale back the rules, the Palm Beach Post reports.
THE RACE IS ON: Gov. Crist gives an advisory panel one week to come up with recommendations to make Florida's Race to the Top application more successful, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
SO LONG SUGARY SODAS: Volusia schools weigh removing sugared sodas from their vending machines, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TAX US: A group of Okaloosa parents advocates for a local sales tax to support school district capital projects, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
TEACHERS AND SEX: More than 175 Florida teachers have lost their jobs because of inappropriate relations with students over the past five years, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with state Sen. Thad Altman, sponsor of a resolution to have voters void the Blaine Amendment from the Florida constitution.