Today's education news: Furloughs, Facebook, FCAT and more
OVERCOMING THE ODDS: Blanton Elementary in Pinellas has overwhelmingly poor students in the middle of a poor neighborhood. That doesn't stop its principal and teachers from demanding -- and getting -- high academic achievement. • Schrader Elementary in Pasco faces similar hurdles, yet using a method it calls team time (among other efforts), finds similar strong results. (Times photo, Lara Cerri)
UNPAID DAYS: Hillsborough asks its teachers union to consider a furlough as part of the district's budget solution
GOOD RIDDANCE: Many USF profs are glad to see former vice president Abdul Rao gone
FAIR DEAL: The state's new plan to clear up confusion over the Florida Prepaid tution program should help resolve some funding gaps and pave the way for a broader discussion about higher education, the Times editorializes.
STIMULUS HINTS: US Education Secretary Arne Duncan suggests -- but doesn't promise -- that financial help is on the way for Florida schools, the Palm Beach Post reports.
DO I WANT TO BE A DOCTOR? Some Collier high school students get a head start on considering medical careers, the Naples Daily News reports.
CENTER FOR SALE: Manatee considers selling one of its properties to raise some extra cash, the Bradenton Herald reports.
KEEPING IT LOW-KEY: Treasure Coast schools don't have as many pep rallies for the FCAT this year, the Stuart News reports.
GRADING CONCERNS: Some Alachua leaders worry about what changes to Florida's school grading system might mean for area high schools, the Gainesville Sun reports.
SUPERINTENDENT SEEKS FRIENDS: Escambia super Malcolm Thomas wants to keep residents informed about his district via Facebook, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
UNION AGREES TO FREEZE: Brevard's support staff won't see a raise for at least two years, Florida Today reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Eduard Goodman of Identity Theft 911. He talks about the several information breaches that recently have occurred at the University of Florida.