Today's education news: Attendance zones, federal stimulus, class size and more
A PASSION FOR ANIMATION: Students at Crews Lake Middle in Pasco learn computer animation skills in a club that's headed to become a career academy. (Times photo, Atoyia Deans)
EVERYBODY SHIFT: Pinellas prepares to redraw its elementary attendance zones, affecting thousands of children.
TRY, TRY AGAIN: Hernando doesn't get the caliber of applicants it wanted for chief financial officer, so leaders consider whether to boost the salary offer.
HISTORY COMES ALIVE: Nearly 200 Hernando students participate in the county's history fair, angling for a chance to compete at state.
STUDENTS WIN, COLLEGES LOSE: The federal stimulus package that's emerging would increase Pell Grants and tuition tax credits, but might not go toward college construction projects some propose, the AP reports.
CLASS SIZE REPRIEVE: Some charter schools in Lee assess the implications of a ruling that the class-size amendment does not apply to charters, the Naples Daily News reports.
FCAT PREP: Some Orlando area schools get students ready for the FCAT writing by infusing as many lessons as possible with writing (naturally), the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ONE MORE SCHOOL: Broward, which is losing students, is set to build what could be its last new school for quite some time in Hollywood, an area that has been clamoring for one, the Miami Herald reports.
GRADES - WHO NEEDS THEM? A private school set to open in Sandestin will focus on mastering the material, not on letter grades, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
BUDGET NEWS: Florida schools dump reading coaches, who don't oversee classes, as a way to cut costs, the Lakeland Ledger reports. // Leon teachers feel the pressure of budget cuts, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. // St. John's leaders enlist the public to help lobby lawmakers for better education funding, the St. Augustine Record reports. // Stetson University sets up an emergency scholarship fund to keep financially struggling students from dropping out, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. // Brevard looks into closing seven schools, Florida Today reports.