Today's education news: Friday night dancing, drug testing, budget cutting and more
JUST DANCE: Walker Middle turns its attention away from a student assault that grabbed everyone's attention to prepare for a Friday night dance. See also related story. (Times photo, Willie J. Allen Jr.)
ALOHA: Longleaf Elementary music teacher Jim Wanker instills a love of music in his students as he prepares to take a group to perform in Hawaii.
CUTTING CORNERS: Pasco officials seek savings as doubts about the state budget linger. • Hernando leaders also are preparing for the worst. • The story is much the same in Bay, the Panama City News Herald reports. • Panhandle school leaders hope to avoid the most drastic layoffs but still acknowledge the need to make tough choices, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
THEY MADE IT: Pinellas first-year teachers celebrate their successes at an end-of-year barbecue.
GOOD IDEA: Pinellas is on the right track in granting principals more authority, the Times editorializes.
CLEANING UP THE MESS: Monroe's board looks into shutting down its cosmetology program, where missing money has led to the arrest of the superintendent's wife, the Key West Citizen reports.
TAKE THIS CUP: Texas prepares to slash its funding for steroid testing of high school athletes, as Florida has done, the Dallas Morning News reports. Meanwhile, Illinois prepares to expand its program, the Chicago Tribune reports.
LABOR NEWS: A former Florida Gulf Coast University provost prepares to file a gender discrimination lawsuit against the university, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Manatee district and union officials try to find common ground for a new contract, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Manatee's school bus boss faces firing for stopping a bus mid-route and kicking unruly kids off, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BUILDING A CASE: Palm Beach school officials were putting together a file to support their eventual recommendation to fire a teacher, but not for the reasons that got him arrested (sex with students), the Palm Beach Post reports.
CHANGE EVERYTHING: The NAACP calls for a complete overhaul of Orange's attendance zones, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
REVIVED: A civic club's donation saves UCF's opera program from the final curtain, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GOING AFTER GANGS: Leon gets a grant to fight mounting gang problems, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.