Florida education news: School calendar, religion and schools, merit pay and more
SO MUCH FOR A SECULAR CALENDAR: Hillsborough's school calendar committee recommends not holding classes on Good Friday anymore because so many kids skipped this year.
TROUBLE AGAIN: A Pinellas teacher accused of stuffing the homecoming queen ballot box now faces sanctions for failing to comply with her previous penalties.
BOOM TIME: Florida's medical schools continue to grow, with added support from the Legislature.
LOVING IT: A Westchase family becomes big Robinson High backers, despite the distance, thanks to the International Baccalaureate program.
THANKS, CHARLIE: The Florida Education Association urges members to pledge support to Charlie Crist — stopping short of an endorsement, though.
THREAT TO RELIGION? A push to strip the Blaine Amendment from Florida's constitution would allow for school vouchers to religious institutions, paving the way for more discrimination, the Times editorializes.
ALL FOR HIGHER STANDARDS: Lee and Collier educators approve the tougher graduation requirements of SB 4, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Bay officials also support the changes, the Panama City News Herald reports. • Results might not look too good at first, though, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
MORE DEGREES: State College of Florida expands its four-year degree offerings, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NO CONFIDENCE: 95 percent of Palm Beach teachers say they don't support superintendent Art Johnson's leadership, the Palm Beach Post reports.
MUSICAL CHAIRS: Collier shuffles several principals to new posts, the Naples Daily News reports.
CUT AND PASTE: Florida should try merit pay Tennessee's way, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.
GOING GREEN: The University of Central Florida pledges to become "climate neutral," the Orlando Sentinel reports.