Today's education news: Making good choices, traveling to Tallahassee, voting and more
TAKING IT TO TALLAHASSEE: A group of Pasco teachers travels to the Capitol weekly during Florida's legislative session to make sure lawmakers hear from people on education's front lines before making major changes to public schools.
EMBRACING TUITION INCREASES: It didn't seem possible just a year ago, but now leading Florida lawmakers are ready to let all state universities raise tuition as much as 15 percent.
WHAT'S GOING ON? District leaders in Northwest Florida — like most of the state — get mixed messages about how much money they'll have next year as lawmakers haggle over budgets, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
JUST SAY NO: Palm Beach teaches middle schoolers about substance abuse, good choices and peer pressure in the aftermath of a Xanax problem at one of its schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
ROOTING OUT SCANDAL: Polk's human resources director has a nose for sniffing out corruption in the schools, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
THEY MATTER: University of Florida students decide to take part in local elections, swaying the results of a controversial charter amendment, the Gainesville Sun reports.
GET ME OUTTA HERE: The number of UF students studying abroad reaches record levels, the Gainesville Sun reports.
AROUND THE NATION: It's still hard to get in to the nation's most elite universities, the NY Times reports. • Big cuts lead to big fights in the nation's second-largest school system, the LA Times reports. • Some Washington D.C. eighth graders lobby to remain at their middle school for ninth grade until their assigned high school improves, Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews writes.