Today's education news: Ethics, fund raisers, sales taxes and more
OVERTURNED: The Florida Charter School Appeal Commission overrules Hernando's rejection of a charter to Mavericks in Education.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Author Doug Wilhelm shares tips with D.S. Parrott Middle School students • Pine Grove Elementary kids dress as famous figures in living "wax museum" (Times photo, Ron Thompson)
TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE: That's how the Times editorial board views Gov. Crist's budget proposal.
REACTION IS MIXED: Palm Beach officials cheer the governor's proposal, saying it will stave off deep cuts, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Hillsborough officials aren't so sure, the Tampa Tribune reports. • Treasure Coast schools still expect cuts, too, the Stuart News reports.
MORE EXPLICIT ON ETHICS: Palm Beach tentatively adopts a strict new policy on what teachers can and can't do, the Palm Beach Post reports.
A TAXING PROPOSAL: The Florida Education Association pushes hard for a three-year, 1 percent sales tax increase to support public schools, the Naples Daily News reports. • Teachers are collecting one penny for every Florida public school student to raise lawmakers' attention to the effort, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NOT INTERESTED: A panel advising Orange superintendent Ron Blocker says four-day school weeks would be a detriment to education, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LESS MONEY FOR MAINTENANCE AND CONSTRUCTION: Manatee's decreasing property values threaten to crimp the district's capital projects, the Bradenton Herald reports.
HANDS-ON MATH: Seminole teachers abandon lectures in favor of more interactive math lessons, the Seminole Chronicle reports.
FUND RAISERS HELP OUT: Willis Elementary in Lakewood Ranch raffles off a Jaguar to raise money that would replace funding that has been reduced by the state, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Fort Walton Beach High sophomores find sponsors to donate 11 cents for every A that students earn, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • The trend toward raising outside funds for education grows in New York, too, but officials there are wary about relying on such sources, which can be unreliable, the New York Times reports.