Florida education news: School maintenance, online grades, state standards and more
FIX IT: The Pasco School Board directs staff to put more money into major maintenance needs, which members say are underfunded. (Times file photo)
TELL THE TRUTH: UF researchers need to disclose who's funding their studies about fertilizers if they're to be taken seriously, the Times editorializes.
LOOKING TO FLORIDA: Georgia education leaders want to hear former governor Jeb Bush's ideas about education reform, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
MISCONDUCT: A UF education professor resigns amid allegations of improper sexual relations with students, the Gainesville Sun reports.
ON DEFENSE: Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson remains convinced his testing plan was necessary, but admits his communication skills lacked, the Palm Beach Post reports. Now Johnson has to figure out how to make something of his reforms, the Post editorializes.
LABOR NEWS: Broward school employees see their health insurance rates skyrocket as the district limits their options, the Miami Herald reports. • Monroe teachers and School Board members spar over raises, the Keynoter reports.
WHERE'S YOUR REPORT CARD? Duval parents will get to check their children's grades online with a new reporting system, the Florida Times-Union reports.
READY OR NOT: Central Florida school districts are at different levels of preparedness to deal with a swine flu outbreak that might close classes down, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
MEETING STANDARDS: A national report shows that states are far from standard in the way they assess student achievement, with Florida generally in the middle. Stories from the NY Times and the Christian Science Monitor.
INTEREST HIGH: Applications for Polk State College's first four-year program far exceed expectation, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
SEEKING STABLE FUNDING: Universities chancellor Frank Brogan speaks about the need to better Florida's higher education system, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.