Florida education news: USF funding, Florida Virtual School, school construction and more
"IT'S POLITICAL": The Florida Senate budget proposes to cut USF's funding by nearly 60 percent. Senators should stand up to their budget author, JD Alexander, and stop this from happening, the Times editorializes. USF leaders vow to fight back, the Ledger reports.
FALLING SHORT: Florida Virtual School's money making ventures are not coming close to revenue expectations.
FUND SCHOOLS: Florida lawmakers should find ways to pay for the state's school maintenance and construction needs rather than taking funding away, the Miami Herald editorializes.
STILL HOPEFUL: Treasure Coast school district leaders expect modest budget improvements through the legislative process, the Stuart News reports.
DOCTOR WANNABES: Florida Atlantic University gets 3,000 applications for 64 spots in its medical school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
FIRING OFFENSE? The Duval School Board must decide whether to keep a teacher accused of using his district laptop to surf porn sites, the Florida Times Union reports.
LABOR NEWS: Miami-Dade teachers agree to a new health care benefit package that will cost them more, the Miami Herald reports.
SEEKING AN IN: Charter Schools USA looks to open its first school in Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Post reports.
MANAGING SPACE: The University of Florida begins enrolling freshmen who can take classes only in the spring and summer, the Gainesville Sun reports.