Florida education news: Vouchers, preschool, tutoring and more
POINT-COUNTERPOINT: Sen. Marco Rubio proposes a tax credit scholarship program for poor children similar to one in place in Florida. • President Obama calls for preschool expansion in his State of the Union, the Huffington Post reports.
CRACKING DOWN: Education commissioner Tony Bennett says the state will tighten its oversight of SES tutoring in the wake of reported abuses.
NO SMOKING: The University of Tampa will limit smoking on campus to four identified areas.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Some Hudson Middle students improve their writing skills with pen pals in Alaska who they met via Skype.
NOT EVEN CLOSE: Broward School Board members are upset that their projected savings in transportation is $2.8 million rather than the initially predicted $14 million, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CLOSER: The Manatee School Board inches toward selection of its new superintendent, the Bradenton Herald reports.
DETAILS: Florida State College at Jacksonville trustees learn after the fact more specifics about the contract they signed with their former president, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NO BIG DEAL: Three southwest Florida colleges join the growing list of schools that don't require the SAT or ACT to gain admission, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
BUDGET MOVES: The Brevard School Board votes to shut three schools of four proposed as cost savings, Florida Today reports. • The Volusia School Board narrowly decides to outsource custodial services, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • St. Lucie board members drop the idea of a four-day week as a budget-cutting possibility, the St. Lucie Tribune reports. • The Collier School Board approves advertising on district vehicles except buses, the Naples Daily News reports.
PAY UP: The City of Ocala refuses to waive a building use fee for a school dance, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
HANDS OFF: A Polk middle school teacher faces firing over allegations of inappropriate touching of female students, the Ledger reports.
SPECIAL TRAINING: Students with special needs have eight centers in Orange County where they can get job training, the Orlando Sentinel reports.