Today's education news: Spring break, property taxes, heavy pennies and more
NO PLACE FOR PENNIES: Parents and teachers from across Florida planned to pile 2.6 million pennies on the Capitol as they demonstrated in favor of more funding for schools. But the government nixed the plan, saying the pennies weigh too much to safely display. (iStockphoto.com)
MORE CUTS AHEAD? Florida lawmakers are considering plans to reduce property taxes even more, one of which could cost schools and local governments $120 million a year.
THE SEAT'S NOT EVEN COLD: And people already are signaling their interest in taking over Cathi Martin's Pasco School Board seat.
OPTIONS FOR GIFTED: Hernando looks for more ways to serve its gifted students as the numbers who qualify rise.
SUING THE SYSTEM: A Countryside High wrestler who was injured in a hallway skirmish plans to sue Pinellas schools over the incident.
SEEKING AN EARLIER START: Palm Beach asks for a waiver from the law barring districts from starting school more than two weeks before Labor Day, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Florida's community colleges are being stretched thin as unemployed workers enroll to find new skills, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. More from the Tallahassee Democrat.
A NEW COLLEGE GAME: Nope. It doesn't involve drinking. At Florida Gulf Coast, students are "sampling" classes without paying, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
STAYING HOME: The sour economy is raining on Florida students' spring break plans, the Palm Beach Post reports.
A 'NATURAL TARGET': UF officials say the university is ripe for identity theft attacks, the Gainesville Sun reports.
BUDGET NEWS: State education leader tell their tales of budget woe to the State Board of Ed, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Schools need more flexibility in the class-size amendment so they can afford to do the other parts of their job, the Pensacola News-Journal editorializes. • Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho gives some stimulus advice to U.S. Ed Secretary Duncan, the Miami Herald reports. • Holmes County faces job cuts and furloughs as it copes with revenue losses, the Holmes County Times Advertiser reports. • Lake schools explore pay cuts and furloughs, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Bay reaches a contract deal with teachers, the Panama City News Herald reports.