Today's education news: Paddling, enlisting, laying off and more
99 AND GOING STRONG: Brooksville Elementary celebrates the 99th birthday of longtime volunteer Charles "Mr. Ted" Rahal. (Times photo, Ron Thompson)
ANOTHER TEACHER IN CHARGE: Kenneth City barred one Pinellas teacher from serving as mayor, saying the charter doesn't allow it. While she sues, the City Council chose another teacher to act as mayor.
PASS THE HUMMUS: Peta2 names Pasco among the five most vegetarian-friendly districts in the country.
RALLY IN TALLY: A couple thousand people show up to protest Florida's education funding plans, the AP reports. They didn't quite make the 2.6 million pennies they were trying to collect. • Gov. Crist skipped the rally to talk with people in Jacksonville, the Florida Times-Union reports.
STEROID TESTING CATCHES FEW: The relative failure of Florida's drug testing program dissuades other states from trying the same thing, the AP reports.
PADDLING COMPLAINT: A Wakulla school administrator is under investigation after a parent complains that her child received corporal punishment, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Paddling is still legal in Florida, FYI
POLITICS IN EDUCATION? REALLY? The funding recommendations that experts gave to the Florida Board of Education read like a Republican playbook, with the experts all affiliated with a conservative think tank, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SEEKING JOB SECURITY: A growing number of Manatee teens are looking at the military as they prepare to graduate from high school, the Bradenton Herald reports.
FINISH SCHOOL OR PAY IT BACK: Lawmakers consider a bill to change the rules of the Bright Futures scholarship, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
BAD TEACHER ALERT: A Brevard teacher faces dismissal for continuing to bring a camera-equipped cell phone into the boys' locker room, Florida Today reports.
BUDGET NEWS: The expected budget hole in Orange continues to grow, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Florida Atlantic University faces cuts ranging from unplugging unused phones to laying off staff, the Palm Beach Post reports. • St. Lucie announces it will close one of its elementary schools, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports. • Manatee considers a one-year impact fee freeze, the Bradenton Herald reports. • UF's largest college faces major layoffs, the Gainesville Sun reports.
AROUND THE NATION: A Dallas high school sent troubled students to a utility cage to settle fights with their bare fists, the Dallas Morning News reports. • A Michigan school district lays off everyone in an effort to downsize, NPR reports.