Today's education news: Rising tuition, shrinking board pay, reconsidering class size and more
SAVING BY RECYCLING: Hernando schools find savings in compacting trash, using waterless urinals, turning their trucks hybrid and other green efforts. (Times photo, Ron Thompson)
STILL FUSSING OVER CELL TOWERS: Hillsborough commissioners try to set up rules that would require the school district to at least listen to parents' concerns before allowing towers on campuses.
ONE MORE TIME: Florida lawmakers plan to take another stab at reducing the requirements of the class size amendment.
HIGHER PAY: Unable to find enough quality candidates for chief financial officer, the Hernando School Board increases the salary range for the job.
PAY TO GO AWAY: USF gives vice president Abdul Rao -- the guy caught on tape stealing a student's bike -- $50,000 to secure his resignation.
TUITION ON THE RISE: A bill that would allow Florida's public universities to increase the amount students pay clears its first Senate hurdle, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. And here's the Palm Beach Post version with updated analysis.
WHATEVER IT TAKES: Lee officials are prepared to fight an audit finding that the district misspent $3.6 million, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LEAVE ESOL STANDARDS ALONE: The Florida Department of Education decides to recommend no change to the training teachers must receive to instruct students who are still learning English, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LESS HOMEWORK: Broward adopts a new policy requiring teachers to lessen the load of work they send home with students, the Miami Herald reports.
BUDGET NEWS: Volusia's School Board agrees to cut its own pay by 2 percent, the Orlando Sentinel reports. // UF faculty want to know why the university is recruiting new profs at the same time it's talking about layoffs, the Gainesville Sun reports. // Orange prepares to slash freshman sports, the Orlando Sentinel reports. // Some Florida superintendents are surprised to learn that next year's budget cuts might approach 16 percent, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. // Santa Rosa investigates closing down a school, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
AROUND THE NATION: A new Texas law aimed at stemming dropouts allows adults to sit in the same classrooms with kids, the Dallas Morning News reports. // A handful of GOP governors are talking about rejecting money from the federal spending plan because of the "mile long strings" attached, USA Today reports. // Nits but no lice? More schools are letting kids stay in class if nothing's crawling around, AP reports.