Today's education news: Online schooling, parent involvement, helping freshmen and more
CUT, CUT, CUT: Since 2007, Florida has reduced core education funding by $1.7 billion. The Times takes a look at what has been cut, and what's likely to come next. The choices are tough in California schools, too, the LA Times reports.
LET ME IN: Pasco home-schooled 7-year-old Jessica Howard wants access to Florida's new K-8 virtual education program. Some lawmakers are taking a look at the law that bars her participation. Join the conversation about this issue.
FLORIDA TOPS: When it comes to anti-bullying rules, Florida leads the way, the Saratoga Springs (NY) Saratogian reports.
PARENTS HELPING PARENTS: Duval hires seven parent-liaisons to give parents advice on how to help their children prepare for the FCAT, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NURSING STUDENTS WELCOME: Schools of nursing in southwest Florida are growing as those in other parts of the state turn away qualified applicants, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
KEEPING FRESHMEN AFLOAT: Collier's "Freshman Academy" program, which clusters freshmen together away from other high schoolers, succeeds in reducing the district's ninth-grade dropout rate, the Naples Daily News reports.
MORE FREE LUNCHES: Central Florida schools see a spike in families qualifying for help with meals, yet worry that many kids are still going hungry, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ENDOWMENT SINKS: The University of West Florida sees its investments shrink by $15 million, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
STILL SMARTING OVER LOTTO: Many east Florida parents still want to know why the Lotto hasn't boosted the fortunes of public education as promised, Florida Today reports.
NO SUPPORT: The DeBary City Council rejects a resolution asking for stronger financial support of Florida public education, with members questioning the spending habits of the Volusia School Board, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.