Florida education news: Taxes, contracts, construction and more
IS THERE A VET IN THE HOUSE? UF's school of veterinary medicine gains a national reputation as one of the best in the business. (Times file photo)
A TAXING QUESTION: Hernando officials debate whether an added .25 mill local property tax will generate enough money to be worthwhile.
UNORIGINAL THOUGHTS: The Florida Department of Education flags some Schrader Elementary student FCAT Writing essays as too similar.
STALEMATE: Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen declares teacher contract talks at an impasse as the sides disagree over pay. • Santa Rosa arrives at impasse, too, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
NO NEW SCHOOLS: Hillsborough slows its construction program as enrollment lags.
ONLY TEACHERS NEED APPLY: Broward fires 122 teachers who failed to renew their certification, the Miami Herald reports.
BILL GATES IN THE HOUSE: The Microsoft megamillionaire confabs with Florida education leaders about how to improve the state's schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.
WE'RE GREENER THAN YOU: Florida schools compete to gain recognition as the state's first certified environmentally-friendly campus, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LAYOFFS COMING? Martin officials don't rule out the possibility, the Stuart News reports.
FINDING FUNDING: Florida's colleges and universities look for different ways to boost their bottom lines, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
'NO' TO NINE: The Orange School Board rejects a move to expand its membership, the Orlando Sentinel reports.