Today's education news: Alternative schools, spring break, teacher furloughs and more
NOT DEAD YET: Florida lawmakers continue to seek compromise on education issues large and small as the legislative session moves into its final weeks.
ONE LESS ADMINISTRATOR: Pinellas won't replace deputy superintendent Harry Brown after he retires in June. • The district also is considering the dismissal of former principal Maureen Thornton.
SCHOOLS' FATE OPEN FOR DISCUSSION: Pasco considers the possibility of closing or revamping its alternative education centers.
CHOICE DEADLINE APPROACHES: Hillsborough families have until April 24 to apply for school choice.
DON'T KILL CLASS-SIZE: U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek lobbies Florida lawmakers not to use the economy as an excuse to scale back the class-size amendment that he helped pass, the AP reports.
DO-OR-DIE TIME: Collier's board, deemed too dysfunctional in the past, comes up for its accreditation review, the Naples Daily News reports.
SAVE OUR ... Lee parents rally behind their school arts programs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Indian River residents urge the district not to cut teachers, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports. • Polk officials detail plans to prevent layoffs, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
DON'T COME BACK: Bay County says mtvU brought too many unruly spring breakers to town and doesn't want the university-oriented network to return, the Panama City News-Herald reports.
TALKING FURLOUGHS: Broward's board directs the administration to begin negotiating a three-day unpaid furlough at Thanksgiving time, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NO VIOLATION HERE: An Orange school board lawyer says the district didn't violate a federal order when it planned school closures without conferring with a racially mixed committee, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
STOP TEACHING: FAMU removes 10 journalism instructors because they lack proper credentials, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
STOP SPANKING? Okaloosa seeks public input on its plan to end corporal punishment, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
SEEKING A SUPERINTENDENT: Brevard residents talk about the qualities they'd like to see in their new schools chief, Florida Today reports.