Today's education news: Budget news, Bright Futures, sushi lunch and more
DON'T WORRY. IT WON'T BE RAW: Pasco plans to debut sushi on its lunch menu, starting with free samples at Wiregrass Ranch High.
UNSUSTAINABLE: Florida lawmakers reluctantly come to the conclusion others have pointed out for years: The state can't afford Bright Futures unless the rules change.
SICK SCHOOLS: Hillsborough reopens the three schools it closed because of swine flu. • The district discovers a case of TB at Armwood High, but decides it's not serious enough to shut the school. • Broward won't reopen Hallandale High despite the new CDC advice, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MIXED REVIEW: Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander gets good marks for his job performance, but the School Board also warns him to improve his leadership style.
EMPOWERMENT PLAN: Pinellas decides to give its principals more direct control of their schools.
TWO TO GO: Pasco appoints three principals, leaving two slots for next year unfilled.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Central High School's JROTC cadets rack up a load of honors • Challenger K8 teachers bring outer space inside • Fox Chapel classes make quilts for kids at research hospital • Land O'Lakes High valedictorian and salutatorian • Grace Christian School valedictorian and salutatorian
BETTER, BUT STILL NOT GREAT: Florida schools will get more money per student next year than this year, but it's still less than their funding of two years back, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Not every district will see a per-student increase, either, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • Lee officials say that lawmakers are overstating the good news about the budget, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Brevard expects to cut $30 million, not as bad as its original $100 million projection, Florida Today reports.
STILL PLANNING FOR LAYOFFS? UF leaders won't use one-time federal stimulus money to cover recurring costs, like salaries, the Gainesville Sun reports. • Santa Rosa school officials say they'll try to save jobs with the money, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
HE QUITS: A member of Manatee Community College's foundation resigns in protest over the way the school went about changing its name, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CUTTING RELIGION: Devoutly Christian Palm Beach Atlantic University will eliminate its Religious Life department because of tight finances, the Palm Beach Post reports.