Today's education news: iPods, merit pay, a 2-minute FCAT and more
BIG IDEAS: Lawmakers from both parties announce their thoughts about how to save Florida's public education system — Dems call for an added sales tax for schools, GOPers make a pitch for tougher graduation requirements. • Some Republican leaders say they won't rule out the sales tax idea, the Florida Times-Union reports. (AP photo of GOP House leader Adam Hasner)
WHO'S TEACHING YOUR KIDS? The public has a right to know, and the Florida Legislature's proposal to shield the information about educators is bad, columnist Sue Carlton writes.
TUITION TALK: Gov Charlie Crist meets with Florida's public university student presidents to discuss tuition hikes, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
WANT TO BE A NURSE? Manatee Community College gets the go-ahead to launch a new nursing degree program, the Bradenton Herald reports.
HOLD OFF: Duval delays plans to shorten the school day and lay off teachers after its teacher union objects, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SHUT OUT? Thousands of Florida students might find themselves without a community college option as the schools shrink to cope with budget cuts, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SHE DIDN'T REALLY FINISH, DID SHE? An Okaloosa middle schooler is cited for disrupting a school function "after she finished her FCAT in two minutes and began to smack her gum and made sucking noises," the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
IPODS OKAY: Broward moves to let students use iPods and other music devices when not in classes, saying teachers have bigger issues to deal with than policing electronics, the Miami Herald reports. More on Broward's new code of conduct from the Sun-Sentinel.
FIXING THE FAILURES: The Florida Board of Education turns its attention to local plans to improve the state's most struggling schools, the AP reports.
EVERYTHING IS ON THE TABLE: Seminole schools consider cutting prized education programs, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Orange prepares to eliminate elementary magnet programs and special field trips, the Sentinel also reports. • Escambia decides to close the only school in an impoverished rural community, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD TEACHER? The Christian Science Monitor begins a series on good teaching, with the first installment focused on merit pay.