Florida education news: University research, substitute teachers, four-day school weeks and more
DID YOU KNOW? Florida's universities spent about $1.7 billion on research projects in 2009, tenth most in the country. (Times illustration, Steve Madden)
STOP BULLYING: Pinellas school and community leaders talk about how to deal with the bullying of gay students.
WHO'S THAT SUB? Three in four Brevard substitute teachers have no teaching experience, while one in six has only a high school diploma, Florida Today reports.
CROWDED CLASSROOMS: Florida lawmakers propose changing the definition of core courses to allow many classes to exceed constitutional class-size caps, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Many south Walton County parents oppose a plan to move their fifth graders into middle schools to deal with crowding, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
FOCUS ON LEARNING: A work group recommends changing Florida's child care standards, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TOUGH JOB: Teaching isn't easy, and Florida lawmakers just made it less attractive to newcomers, Pensacola News-Journal columnist Mark O'Brien writes.
HIRE A LEADER: Florida needs an education commissioner who can make all its reform measures successful, and not a rock star, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.
PRICE RISING: Lee and Collier school district see the costs spike to take and maintain employee fingerprints, the Naples Daily News reports.
FOUR-DAY WEEK: The idea is unpopular and carries small savings, making it a low priority for Palm Beach schools in budget cutting talks, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
A STEP FORWARD: Florida's new teacher performance pay law could improve schools if the details come out right, the Naples Daily News editorializes.
PRESIDENT PAY: A new report shows that some of Florida's university presidents are among the top paid in the nation, the Gainesville Sun reports.