Today's education news: Four-day weeks, sales taxes, evolution lessons and more
IT'S $789 BILLION WITH A B: Congressional negotiators iron out the details of the federal spending package overnight in hopes of having it complete by the weekend, the AP reports. Florida education leaders like the House plan for schools better, McClatchy Newspapers reports.
MORE CUTS THIS YEAR? That's the word from Gov. Charlie Crist, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
WHAT SHOULD WE CUT? St. Lucie follows the trend of other Florida districts by asking for budget advice from employees, the Fort Pierce Tribune reports. // Collier's newest board member turns to the local chamber of commerce for input on the budget, too, the Naples Daily News reports. // Brevard superintendent Richard DiPatri rejects his bonus and says he'll survey employees to see if they'll take a cut, too, to avoid layoffs, Florida Today reports. // Maybe Miami-Dade has some ideas. It has finally cut $56 million after lengthy debates, the Miami Herald reports.
PERHAPS FOUR-DAY WEEKS WOULD HELP: The idea, now in a bill before Florida's Legislature, might save schools money but some superintendents don't think it would fly with parents, WBPF News 25 reports.
AND THEN THERE'S SALES TAX SOLUTIONS: Florida lawmakers look at sales tax exemptions to see if they can find ways to raise more revenue. It's not looking like an easy process, the Palm Beach Post reports
STILL, STUDENTS WORRY: Graduating seniors at Florida Gulf Coast University head to job fairs with doubts they'll find anything, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TEACHING EVOLUTION: Polk science teachers talk to the Lakeland Ledger about their evolution lessons on Darwin's 200th birthday.
ABOUT THOSE UNIFORMS -- NEVER MIND: Facing opposition from students and parents, the Alachua board backs away from its school uniform proposal, the Gainesville Sun reports.