Florida education news: Science lessons, art teachers, start of school and more
CRAZY FOR SCIENCE: Chocachatti Elementary teacher Ruth Markham becomes "Professor Marshmallow" to conduct fun science experiments with kids. (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
CUTS COMING: The Pinellas School Board prepares to consider proposed budget cuts including 400 layoffs.
DEPARTING: Berkeley Prep headmaster Joe Merluzzi retires after 24 years running the Tampa area's largest private school.
LABOR NEWS: Miami-Dade teachers reach a tentative contract deal that protects their jobs but provides no raises, the Miami Herald reports. • Marion school bus drivers offer to take a 2 percent pay cut if everyone else does, too, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
BUDGET CUTS: Lack of funding means several low-income Orange schools go without art, music teachers, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Even after announcing layoffs, the Polk School Board needs to find millions more in spending reductions, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
NO WAIVER: Okaloosa school officials can't get around Florida's school start-date law despite repeated requests, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
TOO EXPENSIVE: The Martin School Board rejects a contract for a leadership training consultant, the Stuart News reports.
ONE WEEK: The Palm Beach School Board gives the county convention and visitors bureau one week to come up with a plan to keep high school graduations in downtown West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Post reports.