Florida education news: School security, funding, retirement benefits and more
TWO MORE YEARS? The Pinellas School Board is divided as to whether to extend superintendent Julie Janssen's contract. (Times file photo)
JUST A PRECAUTION: The Pinellas school district ramps up security at Countryside High on the anniversary of the Columbine shootings.
WELCOME BACK: Trapnell Elementary in Plant City reopens after sinkholes are repaired.
MORE FOR EDUCATION? Florida lawmakers look to hold K-12 education as harmless as possible in their budget negotiations. • Broward school leaders urge residents to lobby lawmakers for more funding if they want to stave off deep cuts, the Miami Herald reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel.
RETHINKING END OF SUBSIDIES: The Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition holds off its plan to stop child care subsidies for school-age children.
IN THE RUNNING: Frank Hernandez becomes the third candidate for Hillsborough School Board District 2.
LIFE LESSON: In protesting SB 6, Miami-Dade teachers reminded Floridians of their right to stand up and fight injustice, El Nuevo Herald columnist Daniel Shoer Roth writes.
LABOR NEWS: Collier schools strive to meet their union contract requirements while also balancing their budgets, the Naples Daily News reports.
RETIREMENT BENEFIT PRESERVED: Florida lawmakers back off a controversial plan to eliminate a monthly health-care subsidy for retired state workers including teachers, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
WHAT NOT TO WEAR: The Alachua school district considers student uniforms for all grade levels, the Gainesville Sun reports.
NUMBERS DOWN: The poor economy has translated into lower enrollment in Marion's after-school program, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
CHILD CARE CONUNDRUM: Many Orange parents lose their Friday summer day care as the school district decides to run four-day weeks during the summer, the Orlando Sentinel reports.