Florida education news: Student cardiac testing, pre-K, pharmacy school and more
ON THE EKG BANDWAGON: Students at Hillsborough schools have been offered free cardiac tests to screen for defects, but medical experts question the value of such screenings for kids. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)
BIPARTISAN SUPPORT? Jeb Bush's education foundation says there's bipartisan backing for teacher performance pay. PolitiFact says that's Half True.
DOUBLE STANDARD: Florida private schools that receive voucher funds should have to hold their students to the same FCAT rules as the public schools, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.
NEVER TOO LATE: An 84-year-old WWII vet becomes the oldest undergraduate in Lynn University's history, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TOUGH TASK: Duval area prekindergarten providers worry that cuts to state funding will hurt their ability to prepare 4-year-olds for school, the Florida Times-Union reports.
PRETTY AT THE PROM: Sarasota teens who can't afford a prom dress have their pick from among 537 at Cinderella's Closet, the Herald-Tribune reports.
STAYING RELEVANT: Florida Memorial University provides cultural comfort as a historically black college, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
UNDER ATTACK: The president of Monroe's teachers union accuses state Republicans of trying to dismantle public education in Florida, the Keynoter reports.
THE RIGHT LOCATION? Questions remain over a legislative decision to locate a pharmacy school at USF in Lakeland, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
LOSING FAMILIES: A drawdown at a local Air Force base could further hurt the Bay school district's enrollment and its funding, the Panama City News Herald reports.
WILL YOU BE THERE? Hundreds of teachers and their supporters plan to pack the House hearing on HB 7189/SB 6, the Gainesville Sun reports.