Today's education news: Good causes, tuition increases, tax hikes and more
PENNY PINCHING: Florida lawmakers try to squeeze savings out of any program possible — even the highly popular Bright Futures scholarships — to make up for $3 billion in lost revenue.
NOT SO FAST: Pasco board member Cathi Martin appears to have second thoughts about her resignation announcement.
RUNNING FOR A CAUSE: Pasco school children hope to raise thousands of dollars to fight cancer in the Relay for Life. • 102 students at a Palm Beach high school shave their heads for a cancer fundraiser, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ONE STEP CLOSER: Imagine School of Land O'Lakes struggles to get a permit to build a permanent facility.
PROPERTY TAXES FOR EDUCATION: South Florida school officials worry that they'll have to increase local taxes to cover expected holes in their budgets, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
A GAMBLE ON EDUCATION: Florida's financial picture has gotten so bad it's come down to approving more gambling or firing teachers, Daytona Beach News-Journal columnist Mark Lane writes.
STIMULUS NEWS COMING SOON: US Education Secretary Arne Duncan says Florida should learn in the next couple of weeks whether it qualifies for education stabilization funds, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • The Florida House finally says it will use the money if it comes, the AP reports.
PAY UP: The cost of college looks likely to rise for Florida students, even those who thought Bright Futures would cover the load, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MORE HOMELESS STUDENTS: Collier and Lee see an increase in children who have lost their homes, the Naples Daily News reports.
PREPARING FOR AN INFLUX: Florida colleges and universities expect a surge in military veterans under the new GI Bill, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SAVE OUR SCHOOLS: Hundreds of Orange parents turn out to slam a plan to shut six schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
OOPS: A class of Gainesville fifth-graders will have their science FCAT scores nullified because someone forgot to take an educational poster off the wall during testing, the Gainesville Sun reports.