Today's education news: After-school care, inner-city schools, fundraiser proceeds and more
IF IT WORKS, WHY CHANGE IT? That's the question on the minds of some Pasco parents as the district moves to close their after-school program. (Times photo, Keri Wiginton)
STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING: St. Petersburg College explores international partnerships to join the global fight.
SURPRISE: The Florida Board of Education backs Hernando's decision not to grant a charter to Mavericks in Education.
GET HELP: A Pasco teacher could lose her job after being found drunk at school for the second time in three years.
THERE'S STILL HOPE: The student body presidents of Florida's major public universities show Tallahassee the importance of fully funding higher education, Tallahassee bureau chief Steve Bousquet writes. • A Lee resident donates $500,000 to support 48 fourth- and fifth-graders' future college plans, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NO EXCUSES: The nasty behavior of black children in Pinellas schools needs to stop, columnist Bill Maxwell writes.
IS THERE ENOUGH MONEY? Some Florida educators and lawmakers worry that the state doesn't have enough taxing power to pay for public education, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
FLEXIBLE FUNDING: A bill that would give Florida school districts more control over their financial resources winds its way through the Legislature, WMBB-TV reports.
HAND IT OVER: Miami-Dade's central office tells schools to hand over 20 percent of their fundraiser revenues, only to back down as parents angrily protest, the Miami Herald reports.
IT'S NOT SO BAD: The University of North Florida teaches education majors how to succeed in inner-city schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about school recognition funding with Debbie Rodgers, school improvement director of Hillsborough schools.