Today's education news: Civics, taxes, buses and more
TEACH KIDS ABOUT CIVICS: Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor urges Florida lawmakers to make sure students know more American presidents than American Idol contestants. (AP photo)
NOT QUITE A FIELD TRIP, BUT ... The Florida Aquarium takes its show on the road to Deer Park Elementary in Pasco.
WITHERING ON THE VINE: Proposals to increase Florida's sales tax to support education are not moving out of committee, even as an FEA survey shows voter backing of the concept, Stuart News reports.
LESS PRE-K: Florida is among several states to scale back its free prekindergarten program amid the rocky economy, the NY Times reports.
THE WRONG MESSAGE: "What kind of message does it send kids seeking moral guidance from teachers when their state leaders and government condone and sanction behavior [gambling] that is often addictive and destructive?" Miami Herald columnist Michael Putney wonders.
TAKE A HIKE: Duval eliminates courtesy bus routes, the Florida Times-Union reports.
WHO WANTS TO BE FIU PRESIDENT? So far, 22 people have applied, the Miami Herald reports.
TAKE IT OUTSIDE: Manatee parents seeking to organize against education budget cuts are stymied by the district's rules against political activism at schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.
AG LESSONS: Some Miami students get their first experience with chickens and bulls, the Miami Herald reports.
MORE LAYOFFS: St. Lucie makes half its budget cuts through eliminating jobs, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
OOPS: Orange failed to follow a federal court order when planning to close several schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ONLINE ISSUES: Okaloosa balks at an administrative law judge's recommendation to reinstate a teacher fired for inappropriate Internet use, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.