Today's education news: Homeless students, Lincoln lessons, UF acceptances and more
GETTING THE MESSAGE: It was Lincoln's birthday. The lesson infused themes from black history. And the Pasco seventh graders got it. "Don't be racist," Julio Peña said. "It doesn't matter the skin color." (Times photo, Jeffrey S. Solochek)
WHAT'S FLORIDA'S SHARE? All told, the state could get $4.3 billion from the federal spending package. Whether it can receive the full portion of education money remains unclear, though, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
DON'T BLAME THE FCAT: Florida schools are getting caught teaching rigid writing rules not because of the test, but because of how the test gets used, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.
STILL TRYING: The people of Marco Island gain confidence that their years-long effort to get a high school might soon pay off, the Naples Daily News reports.
ECONOMY HITS STUDENTS: Miami-Dade schools see an 8 percent increase in homeless students, the Miami Herald reports. // Polk sees its percentage of students receiving free and reduced-price meals exceed 60 percent for the first time, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
PRESCHOOL MONEY CRUNCH: The financial crisis is making it harder for preschools to stay afloat, too, the Sun-Sentinel reports
DID YOU GET IN? Today's the day 27,850 applicants will find out whether the University of Florida accepted them, the Herald-Tribune reports.
MONEY WOES FOR FAMU: The university's athletics deficit doubles in a year to more than $4 million, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
WHY US? Parents of an A-rated school urge Bay leaders to reconsider closing the school, the Panama City News-Herald reports. The Bay district also plans to eliminate 118 district-level jobs, the News-Herald reports.