Florida education news: school funding lawsuit, class size concerns, homeless students and more
FINANCING FAILURE: Several Florida families, backed by a phalanx of lawyers, plan to sue the state over its failure to adequately fund a high-quality public education system as required by the state Constitution. (Image from mylegaladvance.com)
GOING FOR IT: The Hillsborough School Board unanimously backs accepting a $100 million Gates Foundation grant to improve teaching.
STEPPING DOWN: St. Petersburg College president Carl Kuttler says he'll officially leave on Dec. 31.
NO HURRY: Pinellas board members say they want a new fundamental high school — they're just not sure when.
BUILD IT OUT: Hernando will construct a new K-8 school near Weeki Wachee.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Symphony of praise surrounds Stewart Middle band director
LABOR NEWS: Charlotte teachers reach a tentative contract deal after going to impasse over health benefits, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Hundreds of Broward district employees protest for raises, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CLASS SIZE CONCERNS: Polk district leaders are wringing their hands over how to implement the next phase of the class size amendment, the Winter Haven News Chief reports.
FEDERAL CASE: Complaints about the way a Sanibel principal treats teachers and staff have made it to the federal Office of Civil Rights for review, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
DOUBLE DIPPER ALERT: Seminole State College's president retires — for a month to claim pension benefits — and then plans to return to the job, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
HOMELESS: The number of Brevard students without homes has doubled, Florida Today reports.
SNEAKY BUSINESS: Monroe investigates a company that appears to have changed minimum job requirements for several administrative positions, the Keynoter reports.
GETTING UGLY: The fight over curriculum in Palm Beach continues, the Palm Beach Post reports.
IMPEACHED: FAMU's student senate votes to begin the process of removing the student government president, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
BIG SAVINGS: Alachua schools save more than $600,000 through energy conservation, the Gainesville Sun reports.