Today's education news: Gambling funds, technology fees, special education needs and more
POETIC LICENSE: Some Wesley Chapel High students find their muse for the school's first-ever poetry jam. It proved so successful the school is looking into the next event. (Times photo, Jeffrey S. Solochek)
A REAL GAMBLE: Florida has a spotty track record when it comes to pledging revenue from gambling to public education, the Miami Herald reports. Lotto, anyone?
SEEKING UNITARY STATUS: Orange schools continue to operate under a 45-year-old desegregation order, and they want out, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
WHAT'S IN A GRADE? Mississippi schools move to a 10-point grading system like Florida's, yet some look at the lack of Florida's improved results because of it as a reason to question Mississippi's move, the Jackson Clarion Ledger reports.
A FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE: A group of Collier parents whose children have special education needs criticizes the school district for not listening to or dealing with their concerns, the Naples Daily News reports.
BEYOND THE FAT: Broward begins hitting key services at its elementary schools as the district cuts its budget, the Miami Herald reports.
PAYING FOR THOSE PC's: Florida universities may begin implementing technology fees to pay for computer and related upgrades, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
AUTISM PROGRAM THREATENED: FSU's plan to close its Panama City campus would kill a unique program that helps autistic Bay children to succeed, the Panama City News Herald reports.
SEEKING A CHARTER RENEWAL: A Flagler charter school operator with a poor reputation seeks to win over the School Board and gain a contract extension, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.