Florida education news: Stimulus funds, homework rules, teacher uniforms and more
NOT THAT KIND OF 'SHOVEL READY': Pasco has an administration complex ready to build, but the federal stimulus fund rules for school construction won't allow that type of expense. (Photo from roirevolution.com)
TAX RATE TO RISE: Pinellas considers a budget that will cost taxpayers more money, yet provide no raises for teachers.
PAY UP: The Pasco district is on the hook for a $1.6 million jury award for a 2006 school bus accident that permanently injured a teen.
CRITICAL NEEDS: Lake approves a .25-mill property tax increase to cover general spending shortfalls just weeks after saying it wouldn't do so, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
THEY CAN WORK IT OUT: Manatee approves a new policy officially butting out of divorced parents' disputes over their children's education, the Bradenton Herald reports.
TEACHERS, TOO: A Lee charter school group mandates that its instructors wear the same uniforms that students wear, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TOO MUCH WORK: Some Palm Beach parents are protesting the district's new elementary homework policy, which calls for 90 minutes of homework for fourth and fifth graders, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
EVERYONE'S PROBLEM: Flagler's superintendent calls upon the entire community to help eliminate the achievement gap among students of different races, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
KEEPING TABS: Orlando lawyer Wayne Golding speaks with the Orlando Sentinel about his role running the Orange district's biracial oversight committee.
INAPPROPRIATE EXTRA CREDIT: The state attorney's office is investigating a UWF assistant professor's extra credit assignment, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
TURN OUT THE LIGHTS: UF is no longer the nation's No. 1 party school, the Gainesville Sun reports.