Today's education news: Budget choices, federal funding, four-day weeks and more
YOU ASKED FOR IT: Florida lawmakers figure out a way to hold per-student funding level, but it means cutting other parts of the education budget that some educators remain displeased about. (Image from East Richland Community school district)
STANDING UP TO THE MAN: Hernando's construction chief, who lost his post in an administrative shuffle, criticizes superintendent Wayne Alexander's my-way-or-the-highway leadership style.
CHANGE OF PLANS: Pasco School Board member Cathi Martin decides not to resign, after all.
DOLLAR DELAY: Florida's stimulus bureaucrats tell lawmakers it might be two weeks — not two days — before the state can apply for federal education stabilization funds, the Palm Beach Post reports. Lawmakers have hinged their education budget on this money.
SO MUCH FOR LIFETIME LEARNING: Palm Beach Community College closes its popular center for senior citizen classes, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GOING VIRTUAL: Manatee unveils its plans to begin its own online school, the Bradenton Herald reports. (If lawmakers don't reverse this requirement, that is.)
BROAD FINALIST: For the second straight year, Broward is a finalist for the national Broad Prize for Urban Education, the Miami Herald reports.
PLEASE LEAVE: FAMU asks the dean of its business school to step down, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
MORE BUDGET NEWS: Broward College moves to four-day weeks for the summer, the Miami Herald reports.• Manatee parents and community leaders don't like the idea of four-day weeks, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Lake will not lay off its teacher of the year, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
BAD TEACHERS: A Volusia teacher is arrested for having rifles and ammo on campus, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • A former Pasco teacher gets six years for trying to lure children over the Internet, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.