Florida education news: Teacher pay, FCAT results, school painting and more
PAY PROTEST: Some Pinellas high school students picket the district office to oppose proposed pay cuts for their teachers. The pay reductions are just one of several ways the Pinellas School Board is exploring to slash spending by about $26 million. (Times photo, Joseph Garnett)
DRUG ABUSE: Student drug cases increase in Hernando schools, but the district is losing money to pay for the support.
INSPIRATION: Sharon McKenna tries to get her students to believe in themselves as they await their fate in Hillsborough's juvenile justice system.
LAST CHANCE: Fewer than one-third of Florida seniors pass their final attempt at the exit-level FCAT, thePalm Beach Post reports.
COMMUNITY SERVICE? Broward officials explore the idea of letting high school students paint school buildings after laying off dozens of staff painters, the Miami Herald reports.
NI HAO, MANATEE: The Manatee school district will bring teachers from China to instruct students in Mandarin next year, the Herald-Tribune reports.
NO POLITICKING: Flagler school leaders try to define what type of political activity may happen inside school buildings, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
PAY PROTEST II: Palm Beach teachers hold vigil in district School Board meetings to keep the issue offailed contract negotiations front and center, the Palm Beach Post reports.
WHO WILL PAY? Alachua schools refuse to pay a monthly stormwater fee, threatening its relationship with Gainesville city government, the Gainesville Sun reports.