Florida education news: School expansion, spending cuts, faculty layoffs and more
BIG DREAMS: Hernando Springstead High School principal Susan Duval envisions a $25 million expansion of the school, but money remains an obstacle. (Times photo, Tony Marrero)
A REFRESHER COURSE: Parents of Freedom High School students in Hillsborough spend an evening at school learning more about their children's daily lives.
START NOW: The Pasco County School Board should begin preparing for an extension of its local-option sales tax right away, even though the current one doesn't expire for another five years, the Times editorializes.
MOVING ON UP: One-time Pinellas teacher Dana T. Bedden becomes superintendent of Irving, Texas, public schools, the Dallas Morning News reports.
MORE CUTTING: Florida lawmakers expect to slash spending even more than last year, the AP reports.
GREEN MACHINES: The Manatee school district gets new diesel catalytic mufflers for its buses, the Bradenton Herald reports.
OFF TO HARVARD: The Collier School Board narrowly approves sending a dozen administrators to training at Harvard, with money topping their list of concerns, the Naples Daily News reports.
STAYING ON TRACK: Some Lee County high schools see most freshman promoted by creating special programs for ninth grade, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH: The Broward teachers union sues the school district over hundreds of member e-mails that were blocked as spam, the Miami Herald reports.
NEW CHAIRWOMAN: The Florida State University System Board of Governors chooses Ava Parker to run the show, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LAYOFFS NOTICED: Florida State University's layoffs of some noted faculty gain attention among national observers, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.