Florida education news: Seven-period day, school vouchers, superintendent search and more
TAKE WHAT YOU NEED: Spring Hill Elementary School in Hernando County organizes a clothing swapfor families after seeing so many kids without warm clothes come to class. (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
MORE CLASSES:Hillsborough middle schools plan to move to seven-period days, giving kids more access to electives while also saving money.
TURNOVER COMING:With three members retiring, the Pasco School Board faces a new inexperienced majority that will have to make some tough choices.
DON'T DO IT: The Florida Legislature should use tax money to improve public schools, not expand vouchers to give some students an easy exit from the system, the Times editorializes.
PLEASE CLICK ON PAGE 100: State College of Florida explores providing electronic textbooks for students, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: Palm Beach teachers heckle the superintendent over contract talks during a board meeting, the Sun-Sentinelreports. • Broward schools superintendent Jim Notter takes aim at teachers union ads that accuse him of misspending student money, WSVN-TV reports. • FAMU president James Ammons calls layoffs unavoidable amid expected budget cuts, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • University of Florida faculty finally approve a new contract, the Gainesville Sun reports.
LONG LIST: Forty-one hopefuls apply to lead Florida Atlantic University, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ALREADY A LEADER?The Flagler School Board hasn't decided whether its superintendent search should go national, but two members say they already have a front-runner in mind, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
THE COST OF SAVINGS:The Broward School Board cancels $2 billion in construction projects, but still must pay about $10 million for work already done, the Miami Herald reports.
A LITTLE EXTRA: Bay High School students collect and sell used books to help the school library raise funds, the Panama City News Herald reports.