Florida education news: USF funding battle, FCAT, charter schools and more
FIGHTING BACK: USF students, leaders and area lawmakers launch an all-out effort to stop massive budget cuts for the university proposed in the Florida Senate. With quotes and facts. State College of Florida officials also join the protest, the Bradenton Herald reports. (Times photo, Octavio Jones)
STILL COMPLAINING: A group of conservative activists continue to press the Hillsborough School Board to not allow Muslim speakers in schools.
FOR RENT: The Pinellas school district considers leasing one of its unused schools to a charter school.
WHO'S YOUR FRIEND? Miami-Dade officials discuss rules for teachers, students and social media, the Miami Herald reports.
TEST PREP: Collier school district leaders get ready for the FCAT season, the Naples Daily News reports. • Brevard School Board members fret about new FCAT scoring standards as well, Florida Today reports.
NO GO: A Florida House committee rejects a proposal to give charter schools a piece of school districts' capital tax revenue, the Florida Times-Union reports.
STADIUM DISPUTE: Pembroke Pines residents are fuming over the city's proposal to use taxpayer-funded bonds to build a football stadium for the city's charter high school while the nearby public schools go without, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LATE GIFT: Bomb-sniffing dogs discover a glass jar filled with decorative soaps while scouring the Palm Beach School Board meeting room, the Palm Beach Post reports.
PAY UP OR ELSE: The city of Ocala threatens to cut off utility service to 23 schools unless the Marion school district pays $724,000 in deposits, the Ocala Star Banner reports.
BAD MOVE: A Bay school bus driver is arrested on accusations that he used his cell phone to show porn to middle school students, the Panama City News-Herald reports.
NEVER MIND: The Seminole school district drops talk of closing two elementary schools as pressure against the move mounts, the Orlando Sentinel reports.