Today's education news: Funding protests, board salaries, recess and more
NOW THAT'S A BAD IDEA: The Hernando School Board balks at cutting teacher pay and administrator contract hours.
SORRY, CHARLIE: Pasco officials doubt Gov. Charlie Crist's rosy budget assumptions as they hear from other sources that their funding projections are getting worse, not better. • Santa Rosa leaders warn of pending teacher layoffs, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
ARE CELL TOWERS SAFE OR NOT? It all depends on whom you ask, as the debate among Hillsborough school officials and parents reveals.
YOU'RE HIRED: The Manatee School Board dismisses public anger to employ two arguably underqualified former elected officials, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PROTESTS GROWING: Lee educators wear red to represent the bloodletting in Florida's education funding, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Thousands fill a Brevard auditorium, with thousands more outside, to display their displeasure with the state's education budget, Florida Today reports.
BILLS TO WATCH: Florida legislators propose a variety of ideas, from scaling back the class-size amendment to increasing the state sales tax, to help public schools balance their budgets, the Naples Daily News reports.
CUT THE BOARD FIRST: A Lee School Board member recommends eliminating board salaries, the Naples Daily News reports.
SAVING PREPAID TUITION: The Florida State University System and the Prepaid College Tuition program reach a tentative agreement to keep the prepaid program financially afloat, the Palm Beach Post reports.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT: A crime-ridden Orlando neighborhood vows to clean up its act, with a local high school as the centerpiece of the reforms, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
AROUND THE NATION: A new study shows recess is just as important as the 3 R's for children's success, the New York Times reports. • Virginia lawmakers consider limiting the number of seats in their public universities that go to out-of-state students, the Washington Post reports. • Dallas officials talk about whether mayoral control of schools is a good idea, the Dallas Morning News reports. • Georgia considers shorter school years or shorter weeks, the Florida Times-Union reports.