Florida education news: Superintendent pay, school uniforms, FCAT scores and more
MORE THAN THE FCAT: Florida high schools will now be graded by the state on a slew of criteria rather than simply on FCAT results. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)
BUY MY STUFF, OR ELSE: USF tells a professor he can't require students to purchase course materials from a company he owns in order to pass his class.
NO LAYOFFS AFTER ALL: Enough students show up in Hernando to quiet talk about letting employees go.
WHAT DO THE KIDS THINK? Many Tampa area students are nonplussed by the overreaction adults are having to President Obama's planned speech to schools. • Students, parents and educators in Hernando debate the value of the president's speech to students next week.
NO CUTS FOR SUPERINTENDENTS: Central Florida districts have slashed spending and laid off workers, but they have yet to cut the pay of their leaders, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
KEEPING MUSIC ALIVE: Nat King Cole's daughters work to retain music programs in South Florida schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TWO DAYS HOME, THREE DAYS HERE: A private Naples school combines home schooling with classroom instruction, the Naples Daily News reports.
LOOK, BUT DON'T TOUCH: Florida Gulf Coast drafts a policy that would ban employees from consensual relationships with subordinates and students, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
ACTUALLY, HE'S NOT THAT BAD: Florida Atlantic's faculty softens its criticism of outgoing president Frank Brogan, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NO PROBLEMS: Alachua schools with uniforms are experiencing fewer clothing woes than ones where kids can wear what they want, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about exam exemptions with Pinellas School Board member Linda Lerner