Today's education news: Spending flexibility, construction delays, circus school and more
GREAT JAZZ: USF jazz professor Chuck Owen talks about his Guggenheim fellowship, his passion for music and his love of teaching.
GRANT REAL FLEXIBILITY: In tough budget times, Florida lawmakers shouldn't burden school districts with new spending restrictions, the Times editorializes.
PLANS ON HOLD: Florida Gulf Coast University delays construction of a new health sciences building, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Facing declining enrollment, Palm Beach considers not building four planned new schools, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FROM THE TOP DOWN: As their districts face layoffs, the 61 Treasure Coast-area administrators making more than $100,000 a year are looking at pay cuts of their own, the Stuart News reports.
WE CAN'T AFFORD IT: Florida Atlantic University officials reject an state magistrate's ruling that professors should receive a 2.5 percent raise, the Palm Beach Post reports.
A FAMILIAR FACE: Collier chooses its interim school board attorney for the the full-time job, the Naples Daily News reports.
HELPING VETS: Duval launches a new program to assist military veterans in completing their high school diplomas, the Florida Times-Union reports.
WELCOME TO THE BIG TOP: Florida Circus Art School in Miami teaches kids about, well, the circus, the Miami Herald reports.
CLASS, PULL OUT YOUR IPODS: Some Broward schools embrace the technology as a learning tool rather than banning it as a nuisance, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CHECK YOUR WATCH FIRST: Escambia plans to change its school start times again, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
NO MORE PADDLING: Okaloosa moves to ban corporal punishment, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
ONE OUT, ONE IN: Brevard changes its superintendent finalist list after one candidate drops out, Florida Today reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Stuart Harris, a retired businessman who is launching “Pinellas Circle of Change” to support area youth.