Florida education news: School choice, Race to the Top, higher education reform and more
'I JUST CAN'T BUDGE': Gov. Rick Scott repeats his call for a $1 billion increase to public education funding. Any new money wouldn't undo the damage done by Scott last year when he cut education funding, Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell writes. (Times photo, Scott Keeler)
POINTING FINGERS: Everyone continues to look for places to assign blame in FAMU's hazing scandal.
ANTI-MUSLIM PROTEST: A conservative activist tries to prevent a Muslim speaker from appearing at a Hillsborough school.
SCHOOL CHOICE: Hernando moves closer to creating a neighborhood attendance zone for its magnet high school. • The deadline approaches for Hillsborough school choice applications. • Pasco officials look into creating the county's first magnet school.
STAY A LITTLE LONGER: Pinellas School Board members seek to keep superintendent John Stewart through June 2013.
GOOD TIMING: Scheduling a vote to renew the Penny for Pasco school construction tax during the 2012 general election is a smart way to defuse political complaints about participation, the Times editorializes.
'SERIOUS SETBACKS': Florida joins New York and Hawaii in falling behind on implementation of Race to the Top plans, the Miami Herald reports.
PROMISING NEWS: Lee school officials say they might not have to make budget cuts next year, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
CANCELED: Broward's superintendent calls off a construction project amid contract concerns, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
STUDENTS FIRST: Collier sets the first semester of 2012-13 to end before winter break instead of after students return, the Naples Daily News reports.
CHARTER CONVERSATIONS: Lakeland High School officials begin exploring whether the community wants to convert the school to charter status, the Ledger reports.