Today's education news: Cutting Bright Futures, cutting jobs, cutting spending and more
FROM CATASTROPHIC TO TERRIBLE: President Obama's federal spending package could shrink Florida's education budget deficit by half, but it wouldn't prevent major cuts in the works. More from the Lakeland Ledger.
DEAL FOR PINELLAS TEACHERS: More than 800 Pinellas middle school teachers will get $800 as the district settles a lawsuit over forcing the teachers to work too many hours.
PAY CUTS COMING? Pinellas could cut employee salaries by as much as 10 percent to deal with pending budget shortfalls.
BUDGET MANEUVERS: Pasco staves off layoffs as long as possible with teacher transfers, money shifts and other moves, but leaders worry about the impact of what's to come.
LONG TO-DO LIST: Steinbrenner High in northwest Hillsborough has attendance boundaries and a principal, but pretty much everything else remains unfinished.
60 YEARS, THREE DIRECTORS: Zephyrhills High's band keeps its traditions strong with stability at the top.
CASE BY CASE HIRING: Manatee schools have over 80 vacant jobs, but plan to fill just nine in order to save money, the Bradenton Herald reports.
OOPS: State auditors find that Lee schools misspent $3.6-million from their capital budget on educational software, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. District officials disagree with the finding.
REDUCING BRIGHT FUTURES: Florida House leaders target the expensive Bright Futures scholarship program for cuts as the Legislature copes with record deficits, the Florida Times-Union reports.
INCREASING TUITION: As if cutting the scholarship side weren't bad enough, students also face the prospect of their tuition being doubled under a bill moving through the Legislature, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU: The University of Central Florida hosts applicants for the school's new College of Medicine so the school can decide whom to accept and the candidates can determine whether UCF is for them, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CUTTING SPORTS: Orange schools look to athletics to save at least $341,315, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
PROTESTING PROFS: Pensacola Junior College faculty argue against pending layoffs, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
AROUND THE NATION: The University of California fact-checks random student applications, just to be sure, the LA Times reports. // New York schools see their class sizes jump as a result of the economy, the NY Times reports. // Financially strapped college students turn to the Internet to seek loans from family and friends, the Christian Science Monitor reports.