Today's education news: Class size, teacher pay, arts education and more
THE FACE OF THE CLASS-SIZE DEBATE: Florida's politicians take strong stands on each side of the state's effort to reduce class sizes, with Republican Will Weatherford and Democrat Frederica Wilson personifying the differences. • While Tallahassee tinkers with the issue, Hernando works to live with it. (Times photo illustration)
TIME TO GO: Pasco won't let teachers in the state deferred retirement plan put off their departure any longer. • Hillsborough tells teachers who had retired and then returned on annual contracts that they won't be renewed.
CASH FOR YOUR TRASH: Pasco schools cut a deal to collect and sell the community's recyclables.
SUB SUSPENDED FOR SLAPPING STUDENT: A Hernando substitute teacher heads to court after being accused of slapping a 12-year-old student. The sub isn't allowed back in Hernando schools and is suspended from work in Pasco
FIGHTING FOR RAISES: Hundreds of parents and educators plan to protest Broward's refusal to guarantee teacher raises for next year, the Miami Herald reports. • Miami-Dade teachers remain locked in negotiations for raises, too, the Miami Herald reports.
I HEART ARTS: Lee families fight to protect the arts from likely budget cuts, the Naples Daily News reports.
SPARE US: Florida's universities generate billions for the state economy and should remain fully funded, even during down times, a new report by (surprise) the Florida State University System says, as the Sun-Sentinel reports.
FIGHTING OVER THE FIRST DAY: Palm Beach parents are annoyed with the district for securing an earlier-than-expected first day of classes for next year, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BUDGET NEWS: Lake will have all principals and district-level administrators take four days without pay, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Lawmakers consider cutting the amount the state spends on AP and IB programs, the Gainesville Sun reports. • The Manatee district asks its County Commission to put a one-year moratortium on impact fees, reasoning it might help stimulate new growth, the Bradenton Herald reports. • A bill to let Florida universities increase their tuition up to 15 percent sails through another committee, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Brevard leaders fret as their expected funding gap grows, Florida Today reports.