Today's education news: Charter schools, class schedules, elective courses and more
JERSEY CONTROVERSY: Several high profile universities have stopped doing business with Russell Athletics over the company's business practices. Florida's universities have yet to join the boycott. (Times photo, Atoyia Deans)
CHARTER ACCOUNTABILITY: Florida's charter schools need to have more financial transparency and and academic accountability, state Sen. Don Gaetz writes in an op-ed for the Panama City News-Herald.
CALENDAR CHOICES: Bradford postpones adopting a 2009-10 academic calendar while waiting to see if lawmakers will permit a four-day week or other flexible schedules, the Bradford County Telegraph reports. • Lake officials are exploring the four-day week, as well, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CLASS-SIZE CHANGES UNLIKELY: Florida Senate president Jeff Atwater tells a Jacksonville civic group not to expect a referendum on the amendment to come out of this year's session, JaxDaily.com reports.
CUTTING TO THE CORE: Manatee and Sarasota begin eliminating electives at their high schools, the Herald-Tribune reports
SHIFTING SCHEDULES: Lee moves to block scheduling while neighboring Collier abandons block for a seven-period day. Both say they'll save money. How is this possible, the Naples Daily News wonders.
EATING FOR FREE: Manatee sees an increase in students qualifying for free and reduced-price meals, the Bradenton Herald reports.
ANOTHER SCHOOL CLOSING: A Palm Beach private Christian school blames the economy for its decision to shut down, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NICE DIGS: The housing slump in Boca Raton has the managers of upscale housing turning to university students for rent, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: The Collier Education Foundation releases a report on how to improve the local schools, the Naples Daily News reports.
BIASED? Sen. Jim King says he wouldn't favor FSU over other schools if he becomes the state's universities chancellor, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
SUPERINTENDENT SHOPPING: Brevard could have a new leader before the end of April, Florida Today reports.