Florida education news: Texting school bus driver, vouchers, tea party protests and more
NO TEXTING WHILE DRIVING: The Pasco School Board fires a bus driver for using her cell phone while driving her school bus.
TOUGH TALK: The Florida Board of Education hopes to begin a statewide conversation on public education funding during a workshop today.
GET ME OUTTA HERE: About 1,000 Orange County students request transfers through Florida's opportunity scholarship program, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
DIGGING DEEPER: The Collier School Board plans to take $25 million from reserves to cover its looming budget shortfall, the Naples Daily News reports.
PAY UP: Graduate students face bigger bills in the federal government's new debt plan, the Miami Herald reports.
NICE CAR: State College of Florida plans to buy a $71,000 Cadillac SUV for official use even amid budget concerns, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NEVER AGAIN: Two struggling Miami-Dade high schools make plans to keep from closing as the state has threatened, the Miami Herald reports.
TEA PARTY UPSET: Manatee tea party activists protest the School Board's increase of its school construction tax rate, the Herald-Tribune reports.
Note: This morning we'll be covering the State Board budget workshop. Look for Gradebook updates after 9 a.m., and we'll be testing out Twitter at @JeffSolochek if it's interesting.