Today's education news: FCAT, swine flu, merit pay and more
STILL ON SWINE-BREAK: The three Hillsborough schools that closed over suspected swine flu outbreaks see higher-than-usual absenteeism on their reopening. (Times photo, Brian Cassella)
FEELING CONFIDENT: USF-St. Petersburg officials get good vibes from their accreditation review.
DON'T DRINK: Tarpon High demonstrates a mock drunk-driving car crash the day before prom. Get the picture?
SOME RELIEF: Florida university leaders are pleased they won't see as huge cuts as expected, but they still worry about the future, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
OBAMA COLLEGE? That's one of the suggestions for a new name as Palm Beach Community College accepts nominations, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FCAT RETAKES: The numbers of seniors passing their final FCAT retake before graduation remains low. Still, some South Florida educators are encouraged by details within the results, the Miami Herald reports.
NICE WORK, IF YOU CAN GET IT: Florida's university graduates are entering a dismal job market, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
DENIED: Polk State College doesn't get donor matching funds from the state for a second year, hurting its effort to build a Bartow campus, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
MISUSED MONEY? The U.S. Senate investigates a UF prof accused of using money from NASA for personal expenses, the Gainesville Sun reports.
PERFORMANCE PAY: President Obama includes millions in his budget proposal for teacher merit pay, the Washington Post reports.