Today's education news: Budgets, testing, vouchers and more
TALKING TAXES: Florida senators say public education and other basic services need more money than current revenue sources provide. So they're building new budget proposals with an eye toward new taxes. They're even willing to consider the FEA's idea for a dedicated sales tax for education.
THIS ONE'S A KEEPER: Moon Lake Elementary gets its fifth principal in one year. Students and staff couldn't be happier. (Times photo, Stephen J. Coddington)
TECHNOLOGY FIRST: A new charter high school in southeast Hillsborough will focus on high-tech skills.
THE IMPORTANCE OF TESTING: Retiring Hillsborough educator Grace Albritton talks about the value of good tests in helping children learn.
KIDS CAN DO IT, TOO: Some Wesley Chapel elementary students get a surprise visit from the author of a book they've been reading all year. She tells them that even they can be writers, with enough practice.
TATE'S CRUSADE: Stanley Tate, founder of the Florida Prepaid College Tuition program, is fighting proposals to increase the cost of going to college, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "It's a dumb time to be raising tuition," he says.
GRADUATION VENUE SET: After weeks of back and forth, Palm Beach finally settles on a location for its high school graduations — even though it's more expensive than desired, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NO VOUCHERS ALLOWED: Arizona's Supreme Court follows Florida's lead in ruling school vouchers unconstitutional, the Arizona Republic reports. • Talk about expanding voucher programs in Florida remains muted amid budget concerns, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ART MATTERS: A new Florida State University study says the arts help keep students motivated in school, WJHG-TV reports.
SCANDAL AT THE BALLOT BOX? A candidate for Florida Gulf Coast University's student government president alleges the election process is tainted, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
CROSSING THEIR FINGERS: Lee approves a $10 million software purchase — similar to one that got the district in trouble last year — hoping stimulus funds will come through to cover the cost, the Naples Daily News reports.
NO MORE PAPER: South Florida schools go paperless to save money and to hold students' interest, the Miami Herald reports.
CARVAHLO CUTS HIS OWN PAY: The Miami-Dade superintendent says he'll share the financial pain with employees forced to take unpaid days, the Miami Herald reports.