Florida education news: School district rankings, student prayer, virtual school and more
RATINGS RANKLE: Gov. Rick Scott's plan to rank Florida school districts based on FCAT results draws heavy criticism. St. Johns officials are bragging of their expected top ranking, the St. Augustine Record reports.
GETTING READY: Pasco school leaders prepare for the impact of new FCAT cut scores.
CLARION CALL: Children's activist David Lawrence urges Pinellas leaders to make education from birth a top priority.
FOCUS: Florida lawmakers should stick to important matters like the budget and not bother with divisive issues of questionable constitutionality like school prayer, the Bradenton Herald editorializes.
TOO HUNGRY: Several Orange County schools offer food pantries for their needy students, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
DIG DEEP: Gov. Rick Scott tells Manatee school district leaders to support teacher merit pay, but that the state can't cover the cost, the Bradenton Herald reports.
WORK TOGETHER: A new report urges Broward schools and colleges to collaborate in teacher training, the Miami Herald reports.
LET'S MAKE A DEAL: Edison State College's new interim leader breaks a months-old contract deadlock by proposing raises, the Naples Daily News reports. • A Palm Beach committee discusses a one-month furlough for all annual school district employees, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Broward Virtual School students create clubs and other social outlets, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TAKE A BREAK: A Volusia high school gets a new interim principal after removing the other one for undisclosed misconduct, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.