Today's education news: Special education, parent involvement, sick leave and more
NOT SICK ENOUGH? A Pasco teacher in the late stages of inoperable cancer is told she can't use the district's sick leave bank to qualify for more days off, but she can't afford not to work. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
NON-RENEWED: Hernando tells 200 nontenured teachers and support staff they won't be reappointed for the fall. • The story is much the same for 157 teachers in Indian River, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
BACK TO WORK: Pasco's School Board members want to put the saga of colleague Cathi Martin's possible resignation behind them.
HELPING PARENTS: Lacoochee Elementary creates a "parent university" to empower parents to become more active in their children's education.
TEACHING ON 'THE SPECTRUM': A Tampa family finds it's not easy getting an appropriate education for their son with Asperger's syndrome.
GAMBLING FOR KIDS: Florida lawmakers move ahead with plans to allow the Seminole Tribe expanded casino operations, with the state's share going to public education. The Times editorializes in favor of the governor's proposal.
'BE OPTIMISTIC': Florida Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith tells Lee parents to expect a "good year for education" despite the economy, the Naples Daily News reports.
BAD TEACHERS: Volusia has a spate of them lately, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NO MORE MORTGAGING YOUR EDUCATION: Colleges move away from using home equity as part of the equation for financial aid, the NY Times reports.
BUDGET NEWS: St. Lucie leaders tell residents that the Legislature's plans to hold education funding harmless really is just a shifting of resources, the Fort Pierce Tribune reports. • St. Lucie families begin learning where their kids will go after their current schools are closed, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports. • The budget implementing bills moving through the Legislature have something for everyone to complain about, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Flagler keeps building even in a sour economy, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Brevard educators and parents wear black to mourn the state of Florida's education funding, Florida Today reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Miami businessman Stanley Tate, who talks about his fight to prevent a tuition increase at Florida's universities.