Today's education news: Budget cuts, spelling bees, coaching pay and more
'NO MORE CUTS': Thousands of Florida teachers rally in Orlando for improved public education funding. • But cuts look likely as revenue keeps shrinking, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. (Associated Press photo)
SAFETY HARBOR LOVES BILL BROOME: The Pinellas elementary school and its surrounding community celebrate the P.E. teacher's contributions.
SPELLING BEE TIME: Brandon Academy eighth grader Alina Meador wins a trip to the national spelling bee by spelling 'omnivorous' correctly.
PRIORITIES, PEOPLE: Hernando officials should put reading and math coaches ahead of middle school basketball coaches when making budget choices, columnist C.T. Bowen writes.
FOR A BETTER FLORIDA: The Times takes a look at key issues facing the Legislature — such as education and taxes — in its annual session preview. Other legislative previews: Pre-k-12 and higher ed from the Miami Herald, education budgeting from the Florida Times-Union, and budget expectations from the Gainesville Sun.
SORRY COACH: Duval considers eliminating supplemental pay for all sports coaches and club sponsors, the Florida Times-Union reports.
FREEZE CLASS SIZE: Sen. Don Gaetz files a bill to stop the class-size amendment in its tracks, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SIGN ME UP: Participation in Florida's prepaid college plan rises in southwest Florida, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NON-RENEWED: Putnam tells its 122 annual-contract teachers not to expect their jobs back in the fall, the Palatka Daily News reports.
GETTING AHEAD: A growing number of Orlando area middle school students take high school courses, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TOO SMALL: A rural Escambia school faces closure as families flee, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.