Florida education news: Teacher job security, the Nation's Report Card, vouchers and more
UNION BUSTING? The Florida Senate approves bills that would make it easier to fire teachers, make it harder to graduate high school and give more vouchers away. • Teachers across Florida plan to protest today by wearing red the Naples Daily News reports. (Times file photo)
MAKING GAINS: Florida students continue to make strides on the "Nation's Report Card."
NO TOWER: A developer removes plans to place a cell phone tower on Hillsborough's Buchanan Middle School campus.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Tampa Bay middle schoolers ponder world peace at Model UN • Robo tops: Nature Coast team is first in Florida • Temple Terrace Elementary plants a community garden • When parents open books, preschoolers win
BE LIKE FLORIDA: Arizona leaders are more impressed with Florida's NAEP results than their own, the Arizona Republic reports. • Indiana leaders also look to Florida's gains as an example, the New Albany News and Tribune reports.
ALL ABOUT VOUCHERS: Florida families pour into Tallahassee to stump for expanded vouchers, which Republican leaders and a growing number of Democrats support, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
EXPENSIVE TEST: The cost of the FCAT has more than doubled since its implementation a decade ago, WOKV.com reports.
MORE FEES? Florida community college students soon could face a new transportation fee, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CASE CLOSED: Palm Beach agrees to pay a former student $32,500 for penalizing him after he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, the Palm Beach Post reports.