Today's education news: Sports cuts, tuition increases, reading assessments and more
TUITION ON THE RISE: The Florida Senate passes a bill that would let all public universities increase tuition by up to 15 percent. The bill is expected to be accepted in the House and signed by the governor. University leaders say it isn't enough. • Some Hillsborough students attending a college fair worry they won't be able to afford a higher education. (Times photo, Martha Rial)
LESS SPORTS: The FHSAA reduces the number of high school athletic events for the next two seasons. Budget implications to be determined.
USF INVENTORS: Some USF engineers develop a wheelchair for off-road use.
EXPANDING TITLE I: Brevard considers placing almost half its schools under the Title I umbrella in order to spread its federal stimulus money as wide as possible, Florida Today reports.
NO PLANS FOR GROWTH: Sustainability is the key for FIU as it moves ahead, the Miami Herald reports.
CAN THEY READ? Florida will launch a new statewide reading assessment with the help of some seed money from the AT&T Foundation, the Bradenton Herald reports.
FAILING FLORIDA: State leaders do the state a disservice with their unwillingness to fully fund education, the Lakeland Ledger editorializes. One problem the Ledger points out is the state's slowness to apply for its federal education stabilization funds, something done only over the weekend, as the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GO AHEAD AND ASK: The Florida Senate approves a bill that would allow Miami-Dade College to seek a tax referendum for additional local funding, the Miami Herald reports.
FORGET IT: Collier's teachers reject a proposal to reduce their benefits, the Naples Daily News reports.
NO LAYOFFS: That's the latest word from the Palm Beach district, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TELL IT TO THE KIDS: Broward parents ask their board tough questions about budget cuts in schools that they say already lack some basics, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SO PARENTS AND KIDS HATE IT: Orange's schedule change saves money, and that was the point, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CELL PHONE USE: Leon will consider a controversial policy limiting phone use on campus, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
ARE YOU A GOOD CITIZEN? Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham talks civics with some Volusia seventh-graders, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. The district will require a yearlong seventh-grade civics course beginning next year.