Today's education news: School closings, higher ed funding, children's records and more
WITHER HIGHER EDUCATION? Florida's university leaders worry that lawmakers will not hold them financially harmless, as the House and Senate stand far apart on higher ed funding. • The news is "not good," UF president Bernie Machen said after watching lawmakers debate the budget, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • USF leaders have similar worries, the Lakeland Ledger reports. • The Ringling Museum in Sarasota fears cuts as FSU focuses on programs directly serving students, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Questions remain about the K-12 spending plan too, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
WANDERING EYE: Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander gets caught again looking for a job elsewhere, prompting even supporters to say they're ready to move on.
WORK WITH THE POOR: Broward considers extending the contracts of retiring teachers only if they agree to work in schools serving low-income children, the Miami Herald reports.
LAYOFFS: Lee tells 500 employees they probably won't have jobs next year, the Naples Daily News reports.
GET A DEGREE: FAMU finds itself facing accreditation issues again because some of its instructors don't have the proper degrees, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
CAPITAL CONCERNS: Collier comes to grips with a decrease in funding for construction and maintenance, the Naples Daily News reports.
STICK AROUND: Palm Beach extends superintendent Art Johnson's contract for five years, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Orange sticks with its plan to shut six schools until leaders see a state budget plan that convinces them they don't have to make the move, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
PROTECTING DEPENDENT RECORDS: Bills to remove information about state employees' children from the public eye are poised to win approval, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
THEN THERE WERE TWO: Brevard narrows its superintendent candidate field to two, Florida Today reports.