Florida education news: Textbook rentals, FCAT influences, class size fines and more
RENT ME: The University of South Florida book store joins a growing number that will rent textbooks to students. (Times photo, Stephen J. Coddington)
MILK PARTY: A bipartisan effort to focus resources on Florida's children kicks off in Clearwater.
OUTSIDE INFLUENCES? Some Central Florida superintendents accuse Florida education commissioner Eric J. Smith of rushing FCAT audit results to meet the needs of the state's Race to the Top application, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
WELCOME BACK: Broward schools begin rehiring laid off teachers as the district expects to get millions more in stimulus funds, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
IT'S URGENT! The Duval School Board votes to declare a financial emergency to begin the process of reducing or eliminating annual employee raises, the Florida Times-Union reports.
CREATIVE REUSE: Miami-Dade is launching several new academic programs and schools without any new building, the Miami Herald reports.
TRAVEL CRACKDOWN: The Lake School Board sets new strict rules for travel expenses after getting a big bill from employees who stayed at the Ritz-Carlton for a conference in nearby Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CAN'T AFFORD CLASS SIZE: Manatee officials say they expect a $500,000 fine for failing to meet class size rules because they don't have enough money to hire all the needed teachers, the Herald-Tribune reports.
LET'S MAKE A DEAL: Polk charter schools work out a settlement with the school district over services the district planned to cut, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
TEACHING HISTORY: Marion schools receive nearly $1 million for creative teaching of history, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
SUSPENDED: Two Manatee teachers are removed from the classroom — one for cheating and the other for manhandling a student, the Bradenton Herald reports.
FIRED: Two Lee charter schools dump their management company, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.