Today's education news: cyberbullying, student prayer, job cuts and more
ONLINE AGGRESSION: Tampa area school districts try to stem the tide of cyberbullying. (TImes photo, Douglas R. Clifford)
YOU CAN'T MAKE ME: Pasco School Board members don't include their own pay in budget talks. Their lawyer advises it's a personal decision whether to give some back.
READY TO CUT: Hernando considers increasing class sizes and shedding about 200 employees to slash $16 million in spending.
SLOW SPEED AHEAD: Pasco prepares for $4.2 million in road projects outside its schools.
HEY, TEACHER, LEAVE THOSE KIDS ALONE: A Cape Coral mom raises concerns that Lee schools don't properly care for students with special needs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
PICK ME! With enrollment flat-lining, Manatee and Sarasota schools compete for students through the school choice process, the Herald-Tribune reports.
FIVE-YEAR LOW: Florida's public school enrollment continues to tank, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BUDGET NEWS: Clay approves cutting 450 jobs, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Manatee considers scaling back its construction program as it expects a deficit in that budget, too, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Broward leaders expect millions from the federal stimulus but are planning as if it won't come, the Miami Herald reports. • Miami-Dade's teachers union hires an auditor to look for wasteful spending in the district budget, the Miami Herald reports. • An under-enrolled Alachua school awaits its fate, the Gainesville Sun reports.
AROUND THE NATION: The debate over rewards for doing well in school rages on as the programs proliferate, the NY Times reports. • Some Texas school districts fight a state law requiring them to conduct bus evacuation drills — even if all the students walk, the Dallas Morning News reports. • A U.S. Supreme Court action means student-led prayer is for students only, the AP reports.