Today's education news: Layoffs, tuition, taxes and more
THEY HAVE A DREAM: Illegal immigrants in Florida and the rest of the country organize to push for the ability to more easily become legal, a key to qualifying for in-state college tuition.
CUTTING TEACHERS: Hernando prepares to eliminate 129 classroom teaching positions.
STOP PANDERING: Gov. Crist owes it to Floridians to come up with a feasible budget plan, the Times editorializes. • On a related note, Crist tells a group in St. John's that he opposes a proposed 1 percent sales tax increase for schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.
LET US PRAY: Some Santa Rosa families organize for the right to pray in public schools, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE: Many high school seniors are having to make tough choices about their next steps in education as the economy pinches their options, the Miami Herald reports. The Herald has several stories about the issue today.
TUITION BATTLE: Families fret a plan that would make Florida's universities less affordable, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
THINKING ABOUT LIFE AFTER COLLEGE: Florida university graduating seniors face one of the bleakest job markets in memory, the Palm Beach Post reports.
A MOVE FOR EQUALITY: Florida Gulf Coast University implements a gender equity plan after being socked with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
THEY REALLY WANT A SCHOOL: Unable to secure a high school from the Collier district, Marco Island residents look to create a charter school instead, the Marco Eagle reports.
EDUCATION SCHOOL SAFE: The University of Florida says it won't eliminate undergraduate education degrees, the Gainesville Sun reports.
BUDGET NEWS: St. Lucie plans to close two schools and shed 157 teaching positions, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports. With sidebar. • Indian River and Martin work to avoid shutting schools, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports. • Manatee takes a closer look at its construction plans as it expects less revenue and fewer students, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Brevard explores the costs of paying for the state's Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP), Florida Today reports.