Today's education news: Homework, charter schools, Tasers and more
WHAT'S ANOTHER $800M? Gov. Charlie Crist announces agencies will have to do without 15 percent of their remaining state funding. Tampa Bay-area school officials say they're more worried about next year's budget.
DON'T TASE ME, BRO: A Dunedin High student gets so out of hand that a deputy uses a Taser to subdue her.
WE'RE GOING FOR A RIDE: Hillsborough teacher of the year Megan Allen shares her limo ride prize with her fourth graders.
THAT'S THE KIDS' MONEY: The wife of Monroe's superintendent is investigated for not depositing the money she collected for three fundraisers at Key West High, the Key West Citizen reports. With sidebar.
HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? Broward debates the value of homework, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BUDGET CUTTING: St. Lucie prepares to slash sports, jobs, schools and pay, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports. • Seminole has two plans to cut spending, each worth about $40 million, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Manatee parents organize to fight plans to cut programs and teachers, the Bradenton Herald reports. • An Okaloosa advisory panel whittles its list of proposed cuts to 43 ideas, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
THEY MIGHT BE CHARTERS: The Diocese of Miami works with a private charter firm to convert six of its financially struggling schools, the Miami Herald reports.
THAT'S NOT SO BAD: Lee's enrollment doesn't slip as much as expected, the Naples Daily News reports.
A CHEAPER PROM: Manatee schools scale back the extravagance, and debut a Cinderella's Closet program to provide free gowns and tuxedoes, the Herald-Tribune reports.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE COMMUNITY? The decision to close a Leon middle school reverberates in the surrounding neighborhood, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.