Florida education news: University funding, charter school accountability, merit pay and more
R.I.P.: Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle students grieve the death of popular science teacher Jim Wagenman.
QUESTIONABLE: Hillsborough district officials review whether whether Freedom High teacher Jeffrey Shank, who is on leave, was truthful in his job application about past problems.
GO LONG: Florida lawmakers need to adequately fund public higher education to support an educated citizenry, the Times editorializes.
TWISTED: Florida needs stronger accountability laws for charter schools, the Bradenton Herald editorializes.
CHALLENGES: St. Johns superintendent Joe Joyner worries that districts will not have enough money to fund mandated merit pay programs, the Florida Times-Union reports.
PUBLIC BUSINESS: A Manatee watchdog challenges efforts by the State College of Florida to negotiate a contract settlement with president Lars Hafner in private, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SUSPENDED: The Palm Beach school district struggles to craft student suspension policy that doesn't disproportionately affect certain demographic groups, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ONLINE: Marion launches its first virtual elementary school, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
SURPRISE! Florida colleges contact students to let them know they've already completed their degrees but just didn't know it, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
HOLD THE LINE: A task force recommends holding tuition steady for certain Florida college students, the AP reports.