Today's education news: School improvement, nursing college, teacher raises and more
MAKING THE GRADE: Every student's individual performance matters as Just Elementary seeks to get rid of its D in Florida's school grading system. (Times photo, Kainaz Amaria)
CONGRATS: Coachman Fundamental celebrates teacher Bridget Bohnet's selection as Pinellas Teacher of the Year.
HISTORY FAIR GROWS: Pinellas sees an increasing number of schools and students competing in its annual history competition. (Winners listed)
LOOK FOR THE BIGGER PICTURE: Florida lawmakers need to take a longer view when considering the state's public education budget, the Tallahassee Democrat editorializes. • Lawmakers have some tough choices as the budget falls far short of expectations, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
LAYOFFS LAST: Treasure Coast school districts make it a priority to cut everywhere else before getting rid of teachers, the Stuart News reports.
NURSING WARS: USF Sarasota-Manatee appears to be blocking efforts by Manatee Community College to launch a nursing degree program, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PAY FREEZE OK'D: A special magistrate agrees that Broward does not have to guarantee teachers a raise next year, the Miami Herald reports.
CHARTER FIGHT CONTINUES: The Florida Supreme Court sends a three-year battle over a Palm Beach charter school closure back to the appellate level, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from the Palm Beach Post.
Visit the Gradebook starting around 11 a.m. for Ron Matus's live report from today's Make Education a Priority rally in Orlando. • Come back again at 3 p.m. for our weekend interview with Sarasota high school student Colin Coon, who's invented a car that runs on vegetable oil.