Today's education news: New school zones, budget cuts, gay rights and more
STOP THE TOWERS: Lobbied heavily by parents, the Hillsborough County Commission asks the School Board to stop authorizing cell towers at schools until the community gets answers to its concerns. (Times photo, Atoyia Deans)
NEW SCHOOL ZONES: Pinellas sets new boundaries for about 17,000 children as it closes seven elementary schools. Hillsborough will move about 3,800 teens as it sets zones to accommodate a new high school. Think that's bad? Orange considers a revamp of all its school boundaries, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CREATIVE CUTTING: Pasco educators use minigrants, audit desk supplies and limit copies as they seek ways large and small to keep budget cuts from hurting students.
NEVER MIND: Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander decides not to resign after all.
OUT WITH THE OLD: Tyrone Elementary reinvents itself as New Heights Elementary in a new building about four miles away.
WHICH IS BETTER? The Orlando Sentinel looks at the House and Senate stimulus plans and assesses their benefits for Florida.
TIME TO SHAPE UP: The state notifies Lee and Collier parents that their school districts face "corrective action" because they failed to meet federal education standards for a fourth year, the Naples Daily News reports.
LESS TESTING: Manatee middle schools focus on student projects rather than tests to assess what students know, the Herald-Tribune reports.
ACLU SUES NASSAU SCHOOLS: Once again, the group has found a north Florida school district that has no tolerance for a Gay-Straight Alliance, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TEACHER PROTESTS: Broward teachers show up with pigs and a list of $100 million in "fat" they suggest district officials should cut before resorting to layoffs, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Miami-Dade teachers plan to swamp their School Board's meeting to show their displeasure with contract negotiations, the Miami Herald reports.