Florida education news: Teacher layoffs, stimulus money, special ed and more
DANCING AND DUCT TAPE: Two St. Petersburg Collegiate High seniors are finalists for cash and prizes for the duct tape outfits that they wore to the prom. (Photo special to the Times)
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Pinellas officials discuss ways to bring up the academic performance of several schools that missed the FCAT mark.
TOO LATE: Pasco changes the start time of one elementary school by an hour to save money, upsetting parents.
SEVEN CANDIDATES: Hernando narrows the field in its search for a new assistant superintendent.
CANCER RESEARCH: USF will use a $6 million grant to study why cancer affects people of different races differently.
SPECIAL NEEDS: Some Palm Beach parents hope the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in support of free appropriate education for students in special education will end the bickering over what's best for the kids, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NO, THANKS: Broward refuses to apply for a pile of stimulus cash because of all the strings attached, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
WHISTLEBLOWER: A Florida Department of Education employee is suing the department, saying she was laid off because she reported exposure to tuberculosis in her office, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
LABOR NEWS: Broward votes to lay off nearly 400 teachers, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BUDGET NEWS: Student protests help reverse cuts at FSU's library, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • Volusia decides to increase its local property tax to cover expenses, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Budget cuts take a toll on Sarasota's programs for students with autism, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Indian River considers an 11.5 percent tax hike to keep its revenue stable, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.