Florida education news: school spending, student testing, voucher expansion and more
MORE RESOURCES: Pinellas School Board members say they want to focus more time, money and people on the district's troubled middle schools.
BLEAK BUDGET: Pasco school officials begin looking for ways to cut about $50 million in spending. • The Orange School Board considers similar ideas, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • UF president Bernie Machen warns lawmakers that Florida's higher education can't endure much more cutting, the Gainesville Sun reports.
BIG DREAMS: Springstead High School's expansion plan doesn't make the Hernando School Board's list of priorities.
LET ME OUT OF HERE: More than double the number of University of South Florida professors expected apply for early retirement.
BIG WIN: Two-thirds of Sarasota voters approve extending a local-option property tax for education, the Herald-Tribune reports.
TESTING CHANGES: A bill to replace the high school-level FCAT exam with end-of-course tests is headed to the Florida Senate floor, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Adding to the mix, a move to national standards also could lead to FCAT changes, the Palm Beach Post reports.
VOUCHER ACTION: A bill that would expand Florida's corporate tax credit scholarship program gains more support in the state Senate, the AP reports.
HIGH DEMAND: Manatee officials consider eliminating the attendance zone attached to a magnet school because too many people want to go there, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CONSTRUCTION CORRUPTION: A new audit finds improprieties all over Broward's construction department activities, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Former School Board member Beverly Gallagher is expected to plead guilty to corruption charges attached to the situation, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
APPOINTED OR ELECTED? That's the question headed to Martin County voters over the selection of their schools superintendent, the Stuart News reports.
PLEASE PRAY: Ignoring pleas by atheist groups, the Polk School Board decides to ask religious leaders to lead a prayer before each of its meetings, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
THAT INSTITUTIONAL LOOK: Alachua School Board members want to talk about requiring uniforms for middle and high school students, the Gainesville Sun reports.