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Florida education news: Smart phones in schools, Rick Scott's education budget, rising college fees and more



bl_iphone102810_146449c.jpegBE SMART WITH THAT PHONE: Pasco School Board members consider tougher restrictions on smart phone recordings and uploads from schools. (Getty Images)

STAY CLOSE: Hernando high school students cringe at a district directive that all proms must be held in county.

A BILLION FOR SCHOOLS: Gov. Rick Scott proposes restoring much of the money cut from Florida's education budget last year. • Scott's overall budget is just a political shell game, the Times editorializes. • "This really isn't an increase," one Brevard school official tells Florida Today.

MORE FEES: USF trustees consider increasing student fees. • Northeast Florida college students and their families are worried about continually increasing costs, the Florida Times-Union reports.

BIG GIFT: The USF college of medicine gets its largest single donation, a $20 million contribution from the Morsani family. Frank Morsani says giving is the right thing to do.

TOP OF THE CLASS: NASA takes lesson into orbitSpecial backpacks help feed hungry students 

CLOSER TIES: Sen. Steve Wise seeks to strengthen the links between school districts and the juvenile justice students they serve, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SAVE OUR SCHOOL: Dodgertown Elementary parents blitz the Indian River school district with complaints after a plan emerges to close their school, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.

LONE RANGER: The Palm Beach School Board criticizes one of its members for calling her own public meetings to discuss the district's superintendent search, the Palm Beach Post reports.

LABOR NEWS: Disgraced former Broward Teachers Union president Pat Santeramo could get a $255,000 payout following his resignation, the Sun-Sentinel reports. 

[Last modified: Thursday, December 8, 2011 6:08am]


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