Today's education news: Parent involvement, student uniforms, financial emergency and more
GRANDSTANDING? Florida lawmakers suggest that FSU is proposing to close the Ringling Museum of Art to make a point about budget cuts, but wouldn't actually do it. (Times file photo)
APPLY ALREADY: Florida has not yet applied for $2 billion in federal education stabilization funds, which the Legislature is building its education budget on.
PLEASE CHANGE THE LAW: Seven-year-old Jessica Howard of Pasco County gets star treatment in Tallahassee as she pushes for new rules that would let her use the state's virtual education program
ANOTHER PRICE INCREASE: Pasco raises the fees for its after-school program.
APPROVED: Ailing Pasco teacher Connie Duffy finally gets her request for additional sick leave authorized.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Patel Conservatory helps students tap into the arts in Jackson Heights • Sickles High to unveil students' fine arts mural on April 24 • "Science princess" Jasmine Roberts shines at state Science and Engineering Fair
FINANCIAL EMERGENCY: The State Board of Education appoints a panel to oversee Jefferson's budget, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
"PANIC" AT THE UNIVERSITY: Florida university presidents fear the future if lawmakers slash higher ed spending as proposed, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Gov. Charlie Crist says things aren't so bad, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
GET MORE INVOLVED: Florida PTA leaders urge Collier parents to take a more active role in the education system, the Naples Daily News reports.
THE CHECK REALLY WAS IN THE MAIL: National Board-certified teachers finally have received their bonuses, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NEVER GIVE UP: Santa Rosa parents continue to fight the possible closure of their school, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
REORGANIZING: Bay targets 700 jobs that don't directly impact the classroom, the Panama City News-Herald reports.
KEEPING THE ARTS ALIVE: Marion decides not to eliminate half its music, P.E. and art teacher jobs, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.