Florida education news: School funding, FCAT results, School Board races and more
DO YOUR PART: Hernando's teacher union chief says he won't talk pay cuts until the School Board gets serious about raising revenue, including a local-option property tax increase.
VOTE SWAPPING? A Duval lobbyist accuses state Sen. John Thrasher of offering support for a school funding study in order to win other lawmakers' backing for SB 6, the Florida Times-Union reports.
THE SCORES ARE ALRIGHT: The Florida Department of Education promises accurate FCAT results, and launches a new website to explain its view of what has happened with the scoring this year, the Miami Herald reports.
OIL SPILL EFFECTS: Lee school officials worry that the gusher in the Gulf will hurt Florida tourism, which in turn will reduce revenue available for education, the Cape Coral Daily Breeze reports.
THREE CHOICES: Martin's superintendent offers three plans to balance the budget, two of which she says won't hurt students or staff, the Stuart News reports.
GIVE IT BACK: A Monroe auditor says a contractor should repay the district for work that was improperly subcontracted, the Keynoter reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about testing with Education Sector founder Thomas Toch, currently of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington.