Today's education news: FCAT, budget cuts, protests and more
KEEPING KIDS ON TRACK: Tampa Marine Institute gives students in trouble with the law one last chance to turn themselves around. It faces major cuts, worrying some officials that the kids will end up in jail instead. (Times photo, Martha Rial)
PRINCIPAL MOVED OVER OBJECTIONS: The Pasco School Board approved the transfer of River Ridge High principal Jim Michaels to Mitchell High despite pleas from student, parents and faculty members to let him stay.
IB FOR HERNANDO: Springstead High becomes Hernando County's first International Baccalaureate school.
PASCO BOARD MEMBER MUST GO: Frequently absent Cathi Martin fails her obligations to Pasco residents and should resign from the board, the Times editorializes.
USF OPENS TRAINING HOSPITAL: Don't worry. The patients are machines, but they act lifelike.
OK TO IMPOSE: The Public Employees Relations Commission rules that the Manatee district acted appropriately when cutting employee pay by 1 percent, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NO ONE WOULD MISS THE FCAT: If the budget is so tight, dump the annual test, Sun-Sentinel columnist Ralph De La Cruz writes.
BUDGET NEWS: Manatee parents offer suggestions about how to trim spending, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Florida could get news about how the federal stimulus might affect schools here before the end of the week, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • School officials nervously watch the Capitol to learn how much more they might have to cut, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • Lake might cut 88 instructional jobs, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • More university students protest budget cuts, the Gainesville Sun reports. • Bay considers eliminating all middle school sports, the Panama City News-Herald reports.
AROUND THE NATION: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says D.C. students should be allowed to keep their vouchers, USA Today reports. • Duncan also talks about how the stimulus package might help the country improve its education system, the Washington Post reports. • Hispanics continue to grow as a minority group in U.S. schools, the AP reports. • Texas lawmakers consider moving from printed to electronic textbooks, the Dallas Morning News reports.