Florida education news: Teacher workload, school budget cuts, university leadership and more
SEEKING SOLUTIONS: Pasco elementary schools look for ways to scale back the teacher workload, something teachers say can't come fast enough.
STILL CUTTING: Local school districts and other governments, facing another year of slashing millions from their budgets, ponder what to cut. • Lee School Board members want to start budgeting from scratch instead of building upon past years' plans, the Naples Daily News reports. • Polk officials look to refocus millions in spending into classroom instruction, the Ledger reports.
UNIFYING VISION NEEDED: Critics of Florida's state university system say the system needs more centralized authority, the Ledger reports. University leaders wonder how to proceed now that the governor has vetoed a bill that would let them increase tuition as needed, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
SELL IT: Florida's public schools must do a better job of promoting their value to parents, Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab writes.
DOUBLE DIPPING: Some South Florida public schools create charter schools on existing campuses to tap into a grant fund intended for startups, the Miami Herald reports.
WRONG WAY: Tougher FCAT scoring standards put too much pressure on schools, paving the way to unintended consequences, the Bradenton Herald editorializes.
NO GUARANTEES: Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho won't reject speculation that he might run for county mayor, the Miami Herald reports.
TOP HEAVY? The Palm Beach school district is about average in the state for its ratio of administrators to rank-and-file employees, the Palm Beach Post reports. Its transportation department is out of whack, though, the Post reports.
PASSING MARKS: A Marion program to help students who faced suspension finds success, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
JOB REQUIREMENTS: A Monroe School Board member investigates how and why the job description for superintendent changed mid-application process, the Keynoter reports.