Today's education news: Churches in schools, desegregation orders, rollercoaster science and more
JUST THE FACTS, MA'AM: Slapped down for proposing cuts based on budget unknowns, Hernando leaders focus on the figures they are relatively certain about as the prepare next year's spending plan.
NO MORE FREE RIDE: Congress needs to end the system that lets banks deal in student loans without risk, the Times editorializes.
STILL DREAMING: Florida immigrant families continue to press for the DREAM Act, which would guarantee undocumented illegal alien children the right to become citizen and go to college, the Cape Coral Daily Breeze reports.
CHANCELLOR BECOMES PRESIDENT: Former state university chancellor Mark Rosenberg wins the FIU president's job after the last remaining competition drops out of the running, the Miami Herald reports.
MORALE BUSTER: St. Lucie teachers react negatively to their superintendent's last-minute canceling of their Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work participation, the Fort Pierce Tribune reports
FUNDING THREAT: Fast-growing Florida Virtual School faces a potential 15 percent funding cut under a plan moving through the Florida Legislature, the Naples Daily News reports. • Popular AP courses also might be slashed even as the state pushes to increase their availability, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LESS SCHOOL FOR LESS MONEY: Duval considers shortening the school day for its middle and high schools, and also reducing the number of required credits for graduation, the Florida Times-Union reports.
CONTROL WITHOUT COSTS: The Palm Beach School Board wants to keep its grip on a local radio and television channel but not have to pay for their operations, the Palm Beach Post reports.
OOPS LEADS TO MORE OVERSIGHT: Orange's failure to comply with a federal court deseg order might hurt the district's chances of coming out from under it, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
MAKING PHYSICS FUN: Some Sarasota students turn Busch Gardens into a big science and math laboratory, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SEX SERMONS: A church's focus on sex might get it tossed out of the Brevard school it rents for Sunday services, Florida Today reports.
AROUND THE NATION: A Georgia advisory panel recommends several politically volatile ideas to change the state's education system, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Interest in private New York preschools wanes as the economy swoons, the NY Times reports.