Florida education news: teacher protests, student loans, school funding and more
POURING IT ON: Florida teachers, students and parents inundate lawmakers with e-mails and calls opposing SB 6, which would change teacher contracts, pay, certification and evaluations. • Teachers plan a protest across Florida on Thursday, the St. Augustine Record reports.
IN THE RUNNING: Two more candidates join the crowded field for Hillsborough School Board.
NO CHANGES: The Hernando School Board approves a staffing plan that depends upon voter changes to the Florida class size amendment.
PUT IT IN TAMPA: The University of South Florida's new pharmacy school belongs on the Tampa campus as requested, and not in Lakeland because of a politician's whim, the Times editorializes.
NO EFFECT: New federal rules on student loans won't touch University of Florida students because UF already offers only direct government loans, the Gainesville Sun reports.
ARE THEY HIGHLY QUALIFIED? Thousands of Florida classroom aides could lose their jobs if they don't complete some college courses, the Herald-Tribune reports.
UNHAPPY: Broward's new computerized system for placing high school students into courses doesn't make the grade with many teens, the Miami Herald reports.
NO SIMPLE SOLUTION: Experts tell Duval leaders that mayoral control of the public schools won't be a cure-all for the struggling district, the Florida Times-Union reports.
MAKING A LIST, CHECKING IT TWICE: A committee reviews Bay schools' list of priority projects for a half-cent sales tax to make sure it makes sense, the Panama City News Herald reports.