Today's education news: Budget cuts, tuition hikes, school grades and more
LACOOCHEE'S IN THE HOUSE: A group of student leaders from Lacoochee Elementary — some of whom have never traveled outside their rural Pasco community — treks to Tallahassee to check out how Florida government works. (Photo special to the Times)
CHANCELLOR KING? Longtime lawmaker Sen. Jim King says he wants to run the Florida State University System.
FIGHTING TUITION INCREASES: Miami businessman Stanley Tate, who created the Florida Prepaid College Tuition program, tries to stop lawmakers from making college too expensive for poor Floridians.
A NEW DEGREE: Florida's universities consider creating a professional science master's degree, focusing on high-tech jobs, the Tallahassee Democrat reports
HE'LL MAKE HOW MUCH? Palm Beach teachers are irked at the superintendent's plan to hire a new chief academic officer who will earn more than $200,000 a year, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LOOKING FOR MONEY: Senate Pre-K-12 Education chair Nancy Detert says she would even hold her nose and support increased gambling in Florida if it meant that public education would get enough money to survive, the Bradenton Herald reports
COSTLY CHANGES: The proposed new way to grade Florida high schools could cost Broward alone as much as $10 million to implement, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SEE. THEY TOLD YOU SO: The country band Diamond Rio says the controversy over whether its song In God We Still Trust being removed from a St. Johns school's assembly simply proves the point of their song, that most Americans don't think God should be taboo, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TOO MUCH HOMEWORK? Broward aims to limit the amount of school work that students take home, the Sun-Sentinel reports
CUT, CUT, CUT: Florida Atlantic University looks into eliminating 17 business majors and three dean positions, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Broward scales back its regional offices that had been designed to give families more access to the district, the Miami Herald reports. • Manatee officials say even federal stimulus money won't stop the district from making millions in cuts, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Escambia takes steps to close one of its elementary schools, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • Okaloosa looks into private custodial service, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
AROUND THE NATION: High school seniors grapple with the idea of whether to post on Facebook that they've been accepted to a college before knowing the fate of their friends, the L.A. Times reports. • Really want to get into that college of your dreams? It helps to be able to pay your way without aid, the N.Y. Times reports.