Today's education news: Declining enrollment, stimulus funds, tax hikes and more
LET THEM STAY: The principal of Nature Coast Technical High in Hernando admits error in allowing some Pasco students to attend the magnet school against policy, but says the kids shouldn't suffer adults' mistakes. The Times editorial board agrees.
LEARNING ABOUT DARFUR: Some Nature Coast Technical students are so moved by raw footage of the atrocities in Darfur that they create their own film about the war. (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
FLORIDA GETS ITS WAIVER: Two members of Congress announce the state will receive its share of the federal education stabilization funds, the Orlando Sentinel reports. More from the Miami Herald.
LABOR NEWS: Collier teachers are still after their step increases, the Naples Daily News reports. • Brevard reaches a contract with its new superintendent that doesn't include bonuses for student performance, Florida Today reports.
GOING FOR THE TAX INCREASE: Lee officials waste no time in proposing a local tax increase for critical operating needs -- a move the governor hasn't even signed into law yet, the Cape Coral Daily Breeze reports.
SMALLER IS BETTER: Fewer students might mean less money for Sarasota schools, but it also means shorter lunch periods, more flexible classroom lessons, faster dismissal and other positive benefits, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BUDGET NEWS: A program aimed at helping over-age boys in middle school could get the axe in Leon schools, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • Escambia makes it official by voting to close Edgewater Elementary, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • Marion makes some busing shifts but drops the biggest change -- giving drivers three routes each morning -- because it would have meant major schedule changes, the Ocala Star Banner reports.