Florida education news: Student computers, high school graduations, budget cuts and more
TOO MANY COMPUTERS? Pinellas schools prepare to shift computers around so that all have a ratio of about one machine for every three students.
ON THEIR SHOULDERS: Pasco School Board members face criticism that their proposed budget cuts create too heavy a burden on employees.
IN SUPPORT: Tarpon Springs High students and parents rally behind assistant principal Wayne McKnight after he learns he won't have his contract renewed.
OUSTED: A Pasco Gulf High teacher is dismissed over inappropriate text messages to a female student.
GRADUATIONS: Anclote High valedictorian and salutatorian • Anclote senior Daniel DeGraca overcomes personal hurdles to make it to graduation. • Mitchell High valedictorian and salutatorian • Mitchell senior Seattle Nelson turns his life around with the help of supportive teachers and finds himself headed to college.
MAKING IT: While many Florida high school seniors prepare for graduation, thousands who were freshmen four years ago won't be crossing the stage, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
VIOLATION? Three Martin School Board members are accused of violating the state's open meetings law, the Stuart News reports.
LABOR NEWS: An administrative law judge is set to hear a Florida Education Association complaint against the state's new teacher evaluation law, the AP reports.
BACKLOG: Broward County schools can't afford to complete all the construction and maintenance projects they have as their capital budget shrinks, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LAND GRAB: The Marion school district looks to buy four parcels of land for future school construction, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
PERMANENT CUTS: University of Florida president Bernie Machen says the school must eliminate recurring expenses, and not just tap reserves, to balance its budget, the Gainesville Sun reports.