Today's education news: Property taxes, teacher evaluations, Title I and more
CLOSED: Three Hillsborough schools will take the week off because of swine flu cases discovered among students there. • Miami-Dade also closes two schools, the Miami Herald reports. (Times photo of press conference)
ADDING TO AP: Several Pasco high schools plan to abandon honors courses in favor of Advanced Placement.
EVALUATING TEACHERS: Hernando looks for a way to better determine the performance of its second- and third-year teachers.
HELD HOSTAGE: Most major education legislation dies in the Legislature amid concerns that the state cannot afford to do anything else new.
A TAXING PROPOSAL: Florida districts get permission to increase their capital projects tax rate after lawmakers shift some of their capital funds into general operations, the Miami Herald reports.
FOUR-DAY WEEK: The idea is gaining steam in places big -- like Broward -- and small, the LA Times reports.
THINKING BIG: State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College) plans for expansion, the Herald-Tribune reports.
THEY CAN'T AFFORD IT: Cuts to the Bright Futures scholarship might force some students out of college, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
EXPANDING TITLE I: Manatee and Sarasota will add more schools to their Title I list to qualify for more stimulus funding, the Herald-Tribune reports.