Today's education news: Restructuring, lost FCAT exams, school sports and more
MONEY MATTERS: Florida lawmakers give extra cash to USF Polytechnic in Lakeland, restore funds to the Bright Futures program, compromise on the use of school district capital money and reach other budget agreements.
SAVING SPORTS: The FHSAA's decision to reduce the number of next year's games might allow Pasco avoid more drastic cuts in athletics.
LOST: A St. Lucie elementary school has to wait for its FCAT results as its test books never made it to the scorers, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
SWINE FLU NEWS: USF president Judy Genshaft's decision not to shake graduates' hands makes CNN. • The Broward student who had the flu says she feels fine, the Miami Herald reports. • South Florida schools begin to take precautions, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NEW LEADERSHIP: New Florida International University president Mark Rosenberg sits for a Q&A with the Miami Herald. • The Northwest Florida Daily News looks into Jill White, chosen to replace ousted Bob Richburg at Northwest Florida State College.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT GROWS: More Duval students take the exams than ever before, but the district passing rate is down, the Florida Times-Union reports.
MORE FREE LUNCH: The numbers of students needing meal assistance continue to rise in Florida schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
MAKING MOVIES: Some Bradenton students spend $50,000 to create their blockbuster, the Herald-Tribune reports.
TOTAL OVERHAUL: Warrington Middle becomes Escambia's first effort in complete restructuring, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: Some top high school graduates find themselves unable to win admission to Florida's universities, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
$5 BILLION TO SPEND: Former governors Jeb Bush (R-FL) and Jim Hunt (D-NC) offer their views on how the USDOE should reform public education in a piece for the Chicago Tribune.