Today's education news: Sick leave, mandatory service, sub pay and more
LET HER BE SICK: Pasco School Board member Cathi Martin calls upon the district to reverse a decision denying an ailing teacher access to a pool of donated sick days. (Image from LA Times)
CHALLENGING COMPLACENCY: USF student Jason Sowell creates a new campus group aimed at raising social awareness through a faith-based perspective.
ALL THAT JAZZ: USF jazz professor Chuck Owen receives a Guggenheim Fellowship to create a composition that fuses jazz and symphonic music.
SUE THE SCHOOL: The family of an Orlando girl who died on a field trip is suing the Orange school district, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
STILL THE SAME: Florida lawmakers say they'll increase per-student funding, but their new definition of students means districts won't see any extra cash, the Bradenton Herald reports.
HELP PEOPLE, DARN IT: The University of North Florida will make service a requirement of more degree programs, the Florida Times-Union reports.
PROM TIME: A Collier mom collects gently worn prom clothes to give to students who might not be able to otherwise afford the big night, the Naples Daily News reports. • Maybe she should talk to folks in Indian River, where the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports that students are looking for ways to save on their prom expenses.
SUB FOR LESS: Collier reduces its substitute teacher pay by $1 an hour, the Naples Daily News reports.
BUS FOR LESS: Orange follows several Florida districts in examining ways to reduce spending on student transportation, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
FIVE FINALISTS: Brevard chooses five candidates, just one from Florida, to interview for its superintendent job, Florida Today reports.