Florida education news: School funding, simple tests, social networking and more
SHORT-CHANGED: When Florida education commissioner Eric J. Smith talked to Pasco educators about the importance of funding, he notably didn't say anything about adequate funding, columnist C.T. Bowen writes.
MAKE IT RIGHT: St. Petersburg College needs to end the practice of overcharging students for books, the Times editorializes.
LABOR NEWS: St. Johns teachers ask for raises after three years without, the St. Augustine Record reports. .... Clay teachers declare impasse in contract negotiations, the Florida Times-Union reports.
IT'S ABOUT TIME: The FCAT is too easy, and the state is doing the right thing by making it harder, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.
STUDENTS BEHAVING BADLY: Students in some Manatee schools are acting out in unacceptable ways. Experts say look to the home for the roots, the Bradenton Herald reports.
REACHING OUT: Palm Beach parents use social networking to find each other as they fight their school district, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
DRESS UP: Seminole schools look to tighten their dress code, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
PERFECT STORM: A slowing economy and shrinking enrollment could spell hard times ahead for Florida schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NO TOLERANCE: Escambia schools now confiscate cell phones if students have them out, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.