Today's education news: Raising funds, closing programs, finding textbooks and more
40 YEARS AND COUNTING: Nature's Classroom along the Hillsborough River celebrates its 40th year of environmental education by unveiling an expansion of its buildings and animal habitats. (Times photo, Stephen J. Coddington)
IN PROSECUTOR'S HANDS: USF police have asked state prosecutors to determine whether charges should be filed against one of its vice presidents caught on video taking a student's $100 bike.
STIMULUS DOUBTS: Florida educators worry that even if the state gets a waiver to qualify for billions in school funding, it won't be enough to overcome their districts' deficits, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
FUNDRAISER CANCELED: Florida Gulf Coast University's Foundation won't have its annual President's Celebration, not because it doesn't need the money but because the people who usually contribute don't have it, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
FINDING CHEAPER TEXTBOOKS: Some Florida universities already are following new state laws requiring them to post book assignments early enough for students to shop the market for the titles, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NO MORE TESTS: Drug tests, that is. Florida ends its random drug testing of high school athletes because it costs too much, the AP reports.
NOT SURE ABOUT UNIFORMS: Lake officials stall a decision on requiring student uniforms, saying they don't want to force parents to spend more money on clothes just now, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TOUGH TO GET IN: Students with sparkling credentials find themselves left out of the University of Florida's admission pool, the Gainesville Sun reports.
BUDGET NEWS: Florida Atlantic University might shut its Women's Studies Center as part of its budget cutting strategy, the Palm Beach Post reports. // Manatee plans a series of town hall meetings to make its budgeting process more transparent to the public, the Bradenton Herald reports. // Lake considers layoffs of 112 employees, the Leesburg Daily Commercial reports. // The University of Miami looks into freezing pay and suspending pension contributions as its economic condition worsens, the Miami Herald reports. // Orange considers cutting sports, the Orlando Sentinel reports.