Today's education news: Merit pay, student health insurance, local taxes and more
PREPARING FOR THE WORST: A Hillsborough advisory committee suggests the fastest way to make up for decreasing state funding is to ask voters to increase their local school taxes. • Hernando slashes 200 jobs to cover its budget gap.
COME ON BACK: The Pinellas board agrees to let retired teachers and administrators remain on the job, but with some conditions. (Other districts are not renewing these employees' contracts.
TIME TO GO: Cox Elementary principal Leila Mizer decides to leave the struggling school and give someone else a chance to try to improve it.
MERIT PAY WORKS: If Gov. Crist wants to be more like President Obama, he should throw his support behind performance pay for teachers, the Stuart News editorializes.
A HELPING HAND: Florida State University students work to raise $100,000 to help keep professors from leaving for better paying jobs, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GOT INSURANCE? The Board of Governors might require incoming students to have health insurance before enrolling in Florida's universities, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NURSING PROGRAM SAFE: The University of Florida decides against canceling its undergraduate nursing degrees, the Gainesville Sun reports.
OTHER BUDGET NEWS: Broward projects cutting its five-year construction plans if it can't find new money to afford it, the Miami Herald reports. The Broward board also held firm on its decision not to promise raises for next year, the Herald reports. • St. Lucie officials hit the road to explain their budget cutting ways to the public, the Fort Pierce Tribune reports. • Volusia starts putting numbers to possible cuts it had hoped to avoid, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Lee continues to review its spending options, while stressing to residents that lawmakers hold the key to a solution, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Seminole prepares for layoffs, the Orlando Sentinel reports.