Florida education news: School bus safety, arts education, student grades and more
MAKE IT SAFE: The Pinellas school district needs to thoroughly evaluate its arterial busing system to make sure it's safe for students, the Times editorializes. (Times file photo)
D.C. BOUND: Gov. Charlie Crist leads a delegation that also includes Hillsborough schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia to make Florida's case for Race to the Top funding, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LOOKS GOOD TO THEM: The superintendents of Broward and Miami-Dade schools give initial praise to President Obama's plans for overhauling No Child Left Behind, the Miami Herald reports.
GO FOR IT: The Herald-Tribune urges Sarasota voters to back a local-option tax for schools.
NEGOTIATE FOR IT: Florida lawmakers should not push merit pay down the throats of school teachers, the Palm Beach Post editorializes. • Treasure Coast educators worry the bill could negatively impact the teaching profession, the Stuart News reports.
NO NEW SCHOOLS: Manatee's five-year capital plan has many renovation projects but no new schools included, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PROTECT THE ARTS: Broward parents plead with district officials to leave elementary school art, music and P.E. off the budget chopping block, the Miami Herald reports.
LEAVE IT ALONE: Collier teachers protest proposed changes to the school district's grading policies, the Naples Daily News reports.
SAVE OUR SCHOOL: Students at a Polk charter school for struggling teens ask the School Board not to close their school, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
CONCERNS OVER FORCE: Escambia school officials want answers about a company's use of force on students before awarding a contract to run the district's alternative schools, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.