Today's education news: Pension problems, FCAT problems, budget problems and more
CAN YOU SAY CHANCELLOR KUTTLER? Talk swirls about St. Petersburg College president Carl Kuttler becoming the new state universities chancellor. He says he's not inclined to apply.
PENSION PLAN WOES: Florida's public employee retirement fund faces a funding gap, which could cost school districts and other governments big money.
FIXING TAXES: Florida lawmakers look at ways to collect more taxes, in large part to make sure education is funded.
INSPIRING: Blanton Elementary offers a lesson about how schools can achieve despite the odds, the Times editorializes.
FCAT NEWS: A Duval mother withdraws her son from his middle school over the way the district handled his FCAT testing, News 4-TV Jacksonville reports. • A Lee middle school teacher violates FCAT testing protocol, causing students' scores to be thrown out, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
FOUR-DAY WEEK GAINS SOME TRACTION: With the economy in free-fall, Florida lawmakers and educators are giving the four-day school week a serious look, the AP reports. • Manatee educators and district leaders worry about the downside of such a proposal, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CHEAP, SUNNY VACATION: Many Florida college students are staying home for spring break, the Miami Herald reports.
PUT YOUR FINGER IN THE SCANNER: Palm Beach schools move to biometric identification in the lunchroom to speed up the line and avoid account errors, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
WHAT HAPPENS IN CLASS STAYS IN CLASS: At least, that's how the school would like it. Two Bartow eighth-graders get suspended for videotaping their teacher lose it and then posting the results on YouTube, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
BUDGET NEWS: Okaloosa's budget advisory committee looks for all ways possible to keep cuts from affecting classrooms and teachers, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • Palm Beach noninstructional employees agree to a pay freeze, the Palm Beach Post reports. • The Palm Beach government and school district keep fighting over the rental fee for a graduation venue, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Escambia plans to cut more than 100 teaching jobs, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • Santa Rosa parents fight to keep their school open, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.