Florida education news: School calendar, fundamental schools, free Bibles and more
ONE MORE TIME: The Hillsborough School Board changes the 2010-11 academic calendar again, switching days off and putting the final day of classes back to where it was a week ago.
MOVING TEACHERS: Pasco schools begin transferring teachers and hiring some new ones to meet class size rules.
NO CUTS: The Hernando School Board adopts a budget without major cuts after learning it had money left over from FY2010.
NO FUNDAMENTALS: A group of black leaders opposes expansion of fundamental schools in south Pinellas County, saying they would overshadow real reform efforts needed.
SHOW THEM THE MONEY: The rivals for Pasco School Board District 5 disagree over the Race to the Top.
MAYBE LATER: A group hoping to open an arts charter school in Hernando pulls its application before it can be denied.
BIBLE GIVEAWAY: A Christian group reaches an agreement with the Collier school district that will allow it to distribute Bibles to students who want them, the Naples Daily News reports.
NO NEW TAXES: Marion superintendent Jim Yancey withdraws his recommendation for a "critical needs" tax increase, saying the district will find other ways to cover the $2 million, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
SHE CAN'T HEAR YOU: A St. Lucie mom files a federal complaint against teachers who refuse to properly use audio equipment in the instruction of her hearing-impaired daughter, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
ON HOLD: Broward will delay all new construction projects for five years as it focuses on fixing existing schools with problems, the Miami Herald reports.
MORE DORMS: UCF plans a $50 million dormitory expansion so more freshmen can live on campus, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ONLINE APPEAL: Escambia and Santa Rosa see their virtual school programs grow, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: St. Johns district leaders predict the county will need 23 more schools over the next 20 years, the St. Augustine Record reports.