Today's education news: Cutting sports, suing over taxes, taking the FCAT and more
NO FCAT? STAY HOME: Pasco high schools give juniors and seniors who have already passed the FCAT the option of not coming to school, saying there's not enough teachers or rooms to accommodate their class schedules.
PAY UP: Hernando sues its county property appraiser and a local hospital group over what it considers unpaid taxes.
MAKE HER DISAPPEAR: Three Pasco lawmakers ask the governor to remove Pasco School Board member Cathi Martin for her recurring absences.
CASE CONTINUES: Police are still investigating whether Pinellas teacher Christy Lynn Martin had inappropriate relationships with any other students at Azalea Middle School.
DO OR DIE: Whether some schools face sanctions for poor performance is now in students' hands, as the FCAT begins today, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
STILL NO WORD: Gov. Charlie Crist remains confident that Florida will get education stabilization stimulus money from the feds, but the U.S. DOE has yet to provide any more insights, WHJG-TV reports.
FAMU LAW WAITS: The school has done what it can to regain full accreditation. Now it just wants to know whether the effort was enough, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TALKING TO THE PEOPLE: Lee officials begin a series of town halls to present the bad budget news and seek ideas from residents, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TOUGH TALKS: Florida Gulf Coast University begins contract negotiations with the faculty amid expected budget cuts of up to 15 percent, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
CUTTING IN ADVANCE: Florida International University begins trimming its budget even before learning how bad funding will be, the Miami Herald reports.
ORANGE DELAYS DECISION: Parents came out expecting the Orange board to close eight schools, or not. Instead, the board put off action, which put off the parents, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER: Brevard prepares to eliminate most summer school programs, Florida Today reports.