Florida education news: university funding, report cards, energy drinks and more
LONG-TERM COMMITMENT: Florida university system chancellor Frank Brogan wants to add $1.75 billion in state funding for higher education over five years.
MISSED MEETING: Two Pasco lawmakers make last-minute apologies for not attending a forum on special education — their third cancellation. They plan to reschedule.
HIGH MARKS: Hernando schools are recommended for national accreditation.
COMMUNITY BENEFIT: The expansion of Pasco-Hernando Community College will provide more education opportunities in a high-growth area, the Times editorializes.
ARE THEY PASSING? Collier will try out new elementary school report cards that show whether students are meeting state standards, the Naples Daily News reports.
IF THEY CAN'T COME HERE ... A Palm Beach children's museum takes its show on the road to schools as money for field trips dries up, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
GET EXCITED: A Manatee elementary school incorporates dance, prizes and games into its preparations for the FCAT writing exam, hoping to motivate kids, the Bradenton Herald reports.
JUST DRINK WATER: The Duval PTA is warning against the risks of energy enhancing drinks as exam time rolls around, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TIME TO MOVE ON: Charlotte superintendent Dave Gayler announces his plan to retire next year, the Herald-Tribune reports.
WORTH IT? The Marion School Board narrowly approves a land lease to let the Boys and Girls Club expand in a needy community amid objections that the district could sell the land for much more, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
STIMULUS SPENDING: Monroe school and Key West city leaders consider pooling their stimulus funds to build new government buildings, the Keynoter reports.
ANGRY PARENTS WIN: Seminole delays plans to rezone eight elementary schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.