Florida education news: School funding, math textbooks, free speech and more
STEPPING UP: Florida's public schools are playing a key role in helping Haitian children in the aftermath of their devastating earthquake, the Times editorializes. Dozens are making a new life at Miami's Varela High, the Miami Herald reports. (Photo from the Sun-Sentinel)
PAYING THE PRICE: Florida school districts cope with the rising cost of health insurance premiums, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SHORT-SIGHTED: Florida lawmakers continue to short-change the state's children by failing to properly fund early education programs, the Tallahassee Democrat editorializes.
NEW BOOKS: Florida schools will be spending millions on updated math textbooks next year even as they struggle to meet budgets, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LEARNING CHINESE: Duval will open its first K-8 Mandarin Chinese immersion school in the fall, the Florida Times-Union reports.
ENFORCE THE STANDARDS: As school choice options multiply in Florida schools, the state should hold all comers to the same high standards, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.
FUNDING QUESTION: Some Palm Beach parents challenge the superintendent over the way he paid his former chief academic officer, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NO GUARANTEE: Okaloosa's superintendent makes clear that no background check can offer an ironclad guarantee that a school bus driver won't do something wrong after being hired, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
GO AHEAD AND RANT: A Broward high school student wins a round in federal court over her right to say bad things about her teacher on Facebook without retribution, the Miami Herald reports.
EXPANDING IB: Escambia looks to move the International Baccalaureate program into a middle school, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.