Today's education news: Shorter days, tax caps, Obama's speech and more
HANDS OFF: Gov. Crist and the Florida Cabinet aim to reassure families that the money they've invested in the Florida Prepaid tuition program won't be raided to cover state debts. That's as it should be, the Times editorializes.
TELL IT TO THE LEGISLATURE: Hillsborough School Board members urge parents to press lawmakers for better education funding.
YOU'RE FIRED: Pinellas fires a teacher deemed incompetent, even as the man pleads to be allowed to resign instead.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Springstead High students have Seuss celebration with youngsters • Explorer K8 has support of business leaders, educators • Pasco Middle students' movie on Dade City's Main Street fulfills many roles • VFW Post 8681 gives more than a new flag to Mary Giella Elementary • Shorecrest trio strikes gold for History Day project
NEW NUMBERS IN GOV'S BUDGET: Lee readjusts its expected shortfall from $600,000 to $14 million after Gov. Crist corrects his budget proposal, the Naples Daily News reports. "We knew all along that the governor’s budget was based on numbers that weren't realistic," superintendent Jim Browder said.
TOO MANY HOMELESS: Florida ranks 46th of the 50 states — with 50th being worst — in the number of homeless children living there, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
A BOLD, CONTROVERSIAL TAX IDEA: Education leaders join a chorus of opposition to a Senate proposal that would cap local tax increases in Florida, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
SHORTER DAYS: Duval considers shortening the high school day to save $10 million, News4Jax.com reports. • Volusia rejects a similar idea after finding it would harm education and actually cost more, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
KEEPING A LID ON IT: Florida schools tried to limit "FCAT frenzy" — but that didn't mean they went without pep rallies, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
THE SHOW WILL GO ON: Palm Beach gets a $75,000 break on renting the county convention center for graduation ceremonies, after board members talked about canceling the rental altogether, the Palm Beach Post reports.
INSURANCE WOES: Seminole's health insurance premiums soar, forcing hard budget decisions, the Orlando Sentinel reports.