Florida education news: teacher pay, FCAT preparation, school rezoning and more
THE PRESSURE IS ON: Eyes are on Hillsborough schools as the district prepares to embark upon a $100 million experiment in teacher pay and preparation. (Image from Meet the Fockers movie.)
MAKING CHANGES: Pasco school officials prepare amendments to proposed new policies after hearing teacher complaints.
WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD: It's about time that Bright Futures scholarship recipients are held accountable for dropping classes late, the Times editorializes.
TAKING A CHANCE: Despite concerns, Lake school officials want to pursue the Race to the Top grant, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Lee's teachers union head feels conflicted about whether to sign the state memorandum of understanding to participate in the grant, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • St. John's officials say they're leaning against joining the Race to the Top, the St. Augustine Record reports.
A DIPLOMA AT LAST: A Live Oak couple that couldn't pass the HSCT way back when finally overcomes the FCAT to earn their high school diplomas, the Suwannee Democrat reports.
COMMITTED TO EDUCATION? Florida lawmakers' willingness to cut education funding raises doubts about whether the state is adequately funding schools, the Daily Commercial editorializes.
TEST PREP: Back in school, Manatee students are already hard at work getting ready for the FCAT. Teachers are trying to avoid kill and drill lessons, though, the Bradenton Herald reports.
STAY WARM: Martin and St. Lucie schools ease up on their dress code requirements as kids try to stay warm, the Stuart News reports. • Speaking of cold, UF's heating system wasn't working as students returned to classes this week, the Gainesville Sun reports.
ISOLATED: Some St. Lucie families that have no direct access to St. Lucie schools are protesting a plan that would remove their children from the Martin County schools they attend, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
YEAH, RIGHT. SURE: Palm Beach parents remain skeptical of their superintendent's turnabout on his controversial curriculum plan, the Palm Beach Post reports.
MEETING CLASS SIZE: Brevard rezones attendance boundaries for 39 schools (that's nearly half) to meet the requirements, Florida Today reports.
LABOR NEWS: Escambia teachers reject the district's final contract offer, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.