Florida education news: Teachers of the year, STEM degrees, school prayer and more
STEM DEGREES: Florida lawmakers debate the best way to get more university students into science and technology degree programs. Money may be key.
TAX SWAP: The Florida House moves forward with a bill to let school districts levy a half-percent sales tax for construction projects if they lower their capital property tax rates. • Monroe voters approve shifting some of their capital millage to general operating expenses, the Keynoter reports.
NORTH TO ALASKA: Former Lee superintendent Jim Browder takes the same job in Anchorage, Alaska, the AP reports.
MORE MONEY: Lee school officials project an increase in per student funding for 2012, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
ANGRY TEACHER: A Miami-Dade teacher is upset after her city's mayor calls her principal after she speaks out at a City Hall meeting, the Miami Herald reports.
NOT A PRAYER: A bill to allow prayer at Florida school events can't makes its way onto a committee agenda in the House, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Brevard school-related employees reach a tentative contract with the district, Florida Today reports.
NO CLUBS: FAMU suspends recruiting for university clubs and organizations amid its hazing investigation, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NO JAIL: Former North Port High principal George Kenney reaches a plea deal on charges that he improperly hypnotized students, the Herald-Tribune reports.
NO ALIGNMENT: Alachua officials run into resistance over a proposal to hold spring break at the same time as the local higher education institutions, the Gainesville Sun reports.