Florida education news: school funding, FCAT changes, reading books and more
REINVEST IN EDUCATION: Gov. Charlie Crist has set the right priorities for Florida's budget by recommending more money for schooling, and that's where the debate should begin, the Times editorializes. Lawmakers so far have been dismissive, the Naples Daily News reports. (Image from centralillinoisnewscenter.com)
BACK TO SCHOOL: Polk State College sees an increase in older students enrolling, the Winter Haven News Chief reports.
TIME FOR CHANGE: Duval residents need to step up and demand better schools, the Florida Times-Union editorializes.
LOOK OUT BELOW: Florida and 19 other states are facing budget shortfalls as their share of federal stimulus funds is about to run dry, the N.Y. Times reports. Broward is already making plans to cut about $121 million, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Meanwhile, concerns remain about Florida's Race to the Top application because of lack of teacher union buy-in, the Florida Times-Union reports.
FCAT CHANGES: The state rolls out some new FCAT rules as the testing season begins this week, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.• Results are mixed as to whether tutoring leads to better FCAT results, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
READING HELP: Some Collier middle and high school students kick off a book drive to help supply school media centers, the Naples Daily News reports.
OOPS: Broward accidentally paid out $290,000 for a project that never happened, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SAVE THE OWLS: Florida Atlantic University students strive to protect the land on their campus that houses burrowing owls, the Palm Beach Post reports.