Florida education news: Senior pranks, GED's, positive thinking and more
'LET THEM WALK!': Hudson High seniors rally in support of three classmates who are banned from graduation after playing a senior prank. They say the punishment doesn't fit the crime. The Times editorial board agrees. (Times photo, Kainaz Amaria)
NEVER TOO LATE: A 26-year-old mom who missed out on a college scholarship by one P.E. credit seven years ago finally finishes her GED.
SHORT-TERM FIX: The budget Gov. Charlie Crist signed Wednesday relies too heavily on tuition increases, federal funds and other bandages. Lawmakers need to find long-term funding solutions for the future, the Times editorializes.
LABOR NEWS: Offered a pay freeze, Collier teachers counter by asking for a raise, the Naples Daily News reports.
TEAMING UP: A joint city-school district effort to keep Duval's disadvantaged students off the streets after school while also getting them more excited about education is getting positive results, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BUDGET NEWS: Dozens of Palm Beach teachers blast their School Board over the layoff of hundreds, saying the administration promised not to get rid of anyone, the Palm Beach Post reports. • FAMU approves a 15 percent tuition increase, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • Escambia will use its stimulus funds to avoid layoffs, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
AUDIT TIME: The state auditor general is looking into Martin's operations after receiving complaints about the district's charges for services, the Stuart News reports.
PASS THAT TAX: Florida Today commends the Brevard School Board for agreeing to raise local taxes to cover education needs, and calls upon others to make funding changes to help schools over the long haul.
TRANSFORMATION: A class of Brevard fifth-graders pilots a positive thinking program that works so well the entire school is looking into adopting it, Florida Today reports.
40 YEARS LATER: Sarasota teacher Linda Fields retires after four decades teaching at the same elementary school, the Herald-Tribune reports.
MOVE ALONG: UF aims to better manage enrollment so more students can earn a degree, the Gainesville Sun reports.