Florida education news: Teacher layoffs, four-day school weeks, baseball games and more
LAYOFFS LIKELY: But it's pushing it for Florida Democratic Party chairman Rod Smith to say Gov. Rick Scott's budget plan would cause 20,000 teachers to lose their jobs, Politifact Florida reports, giving Smith's statement a Half True rating.
INSTALLMENT PLAN: State College of Florida reaches a deal to repay the federal government more than $3 million in improperly awarded student aid, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NOT WHAT THEY WANT: Duval parents appear opposed to a cost-saving proposal of four-day school weeks, the Florida Times-Union reports.
IMPACTING KIDS: Pending federal budget cuts could cause major changes in several programs that help kids of all ages, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME: A Palm Beach fifth grade teacher uses baseball to get his kids interested in math, history and other parts of the curriculum, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LABOR NEWS: Walton teachers and administration head to mediation over their contract impasse, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
LESS MONEY: Sarasota school officials expect a budget cut due to declining enrollment, the Herald-Tribune reports.