Florida education news: Tuition, charter schools, parent trigger and more
TUITION ON THE RISE: Floridians debate whether students or the state should be responsible for covering the rising cost of higher education. (Times file photo)
NO SHARING: The Florida House adopts a charter school bill without controversial language to force school districts to share their capital projects money.
LOCKED DOWN: Hillsborough officials discover a BB gun during a morning lockdown at Van Buren Middle School.
WHO'S NEXT? The Hillsborough School Board should not amend its speaker policy to appease a small but vocal group of complainers, the Times editorializes.
CUTTING BACK: An outside consultant recommends $23 million in spending cuts for Sarasota schools, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SPEAK UP: If more Florida school parents would get more involved on a regular basis, perhaps a parent trigger bill wouldn't be contemplated at all, Orlando Sentinel columnist Darryl Owens writes.
RECRUITING WORRIES: The Florida House approves a hotly debated measure that would change the governing rules for high school athletics, the Florida Times-Union reports.
LOST: Many Florida Gulf Coast University seniors relate that they don't know what they'll do after graduation, the Naples Daily News reports.
DIFFERENCES: Lee superintendent Joseph Burke seeks to reassure his School Board that he's not acting improperly in his day-to-day operations, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
ABOUT FACE: The Polk School Board rescinds its relatively new policy that charged fees of parent and student groups raising money to support schools, the Ledger reports.
Watch the Senate Budget Committee at 8 a.m. for its debate on the Parent Empowerment bill. Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about school grading and ELL students with LULAC Florida director Jose Fernandez.