Florida education news: USF Polytechnic, AP tests, school construction and more
END RUN: A state senator slips a bill into committee that would grant USF Polytechnic immediate independence.
WAGE WAR: The Hernando teachers union fights the superintendent's proposal that teachers who were instructed not to come to work one day make up that day.
MORE OPPORTUNITIES: A Hillsborough charter school serving adult students with disabilities expands its work-training offerings in downtown Tampa.
MORE CRITICISM: Lake teachers and district officials blast the state's school and district ranking system, the Daily Commercial reports.
BUDGET PLANS: The Florida House moves ahead with its proposal to put $1 billion back into public education at the expense of Medicaid, the Florida Times-Union reports. • One budget amendment would penalize school districts that close schools without exploring tax hikes and pay cuts first, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ENCOURAGEMENT NEEDED: Manatee school officials want to see more minority students take Advanced Placement courses and exams, the Bradenton Herald reports.
WHO'S PARANOID? Critics have a valid point in worrying about a bill to shift capital tax revenue from traditional schools to charters, Miami Herald columnist Fred Grimm writes. • Lee school officials raise concerns about a proposal that school districts postpone all new construction for two years as a result, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
UNDER FIRE: Lee residents send anonymous accusations about the district's new superintendent to their board members, who refuse to investigate, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
ONE MORE NAME: The Palm Beach School Board relents to pressure and allows its interim superintendent to be considered for the full time job, the Palm Beach Post reports.
'A STAB IN THE BACK': University of West Florida faculty members, offered $300,000 in recurring revenue for raises, balk at a $41,000 bonus for president Judy Bense, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.