Today's education news: Class size, party schools, program cuts and more
DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY: The University of South Florida enters the study of the science of happiness. (Times photo, Jim Damaske)
CLOSE TO A VOTE: The Florida House agrees to ask voters to reconsider the class-size amendment. Now the Senate has to agree.
BACK TO WORK? Federal stimulus funds might let Hernando retain 94 teachers who were told they could lose their jobs.
ONE MORE TRY: Parents at San Antonio Elementary will make a final pitch to prevent the Pasco School Board from removing their after-school program.
ON THE MOVE: Pinellas prepares to reassign 10 principals.
GUILTY: A Pasco former substitute teacher pleads guilty to having sex with an underage teenage boy at the school where she worked. She was looking for a boyfriend for her daughter.
PARTY! Playboy names the University of Miami the nation's top party school, Reuters reports. The University of Florida comes in fourth.
PRESIDENT SEARCH: Thirteen candidates are in the mix to lead FIU, the Miami Herald reports.
BUDGET REVIEWS: Opinions are mixed on the education budget emerging from the Florida Legislature, Florida Today reports.
I STUDIED FOR THIS? Education majors fret that Florida school districts are laying off just as they're getting ready to enter the market, the Stuart News reports.
READY TO CUT: Florida's universities prepare to slash programs and services as the Legislature looks likely to reduce higher ed funding, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • UF turns to its Athletic Association for $6 million to help ease the pain, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Matthew Cotten, a Santa Rosa pastor fighting to return prayer to the public schools.