Today's education news: Higher education funding, charter school accountability, stimulus spending and more
WHAT DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? Beyond vegetables, the joint project between Lakewood Elementary and Eckerd College develops relationships between the college students and the kids they came to help out. (Times photo, Chris Zuppa)
GRIDLOCK: Florida House and Senate negotiators call off weekend budget discussions, saying they need a break before getting back to the issues that divide their plans by more than half a billion dollars.
SPIRALING DOWNWARD: Florida needs strong universities, something the Legislature seems unable or unwilling to pay for, columnist Howard Troxler writes. • The Board of Governors urges the public to impress upon lawmakers the importance of higher ed funding, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
COOKING WITH GAS: Tarpon Springs High unveils its new culinary arts academy.
UNDER THREAT: Programs focused on women and minorities face elimination at Florida's universities, the Palm Beach Post reports.
INSIDER VS. OUTSIDER: That's the decision facing FIU as it chooses its new president, the Miami Herald reports.
CHARTER CONTROL: Legislation to place greater accountability measures on Florida charter schools makes slow progress in the Senate, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LOVE THE SCHOOL, HATE THE NAME: Criticism of Manatee Community College's chosen new name — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota — mounts in the communities it serves, the Bradenton Herald reports.
JOBS, JOBS, JOBS: Palm Beach finds a way to create new jobs and programs by getting "creative" with its new federal funding, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Meanwhile, Broward looks at cutting 900 teaching jobs, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • And UF graduates are having a tough time finding employment anywhere, the Gainesville Sun reports.
COULDN'T HAPPEN IN FLORIDA: To save money, MIT cuts eight sports teams, the NY Times reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about online education with Skardon Bliss, executive director of the Florida Council of Independent Schools.