Today's education news: Stimulus funding, school board pay, racial disputes and more
THE INTERNET SURE IS FAST: Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander finds the controversy he has created here waiting for him when he interviews for a new job outside Boston.
THEY CAN STAY: Hillsborough agrees to let 130 retired-then-rehired teachers keep their jobs, but only with the pay of a fifth-year employee.
NATION'S FINEST: Pasco Gulf High's Naval JROTC cadets outperform their peers across the country.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Nature Coast students show skills under the hood at state auto contest • Westside Elementary students try hydroponics in their vegetable garden • Hernando High School teachers learn about justice system • Zephyrhills High valedictorian and salutatorian • Fellowship Baptist Academy valedictorian
BUDGET NEWS: Broward still faces cuts despite the stimulus package, the Miami Herald reports. • The cuts won't be as bad as expected for Central Florida schools, cfnews13.com reports. • Some Alachua school board members are irked that the Legislature cut their pay, the Gainesville Sun reports.
BAD BLOOD: Teachers at a Palm Beach school who voted no confidence in their principal say they've had troubles with the principal since 2006, the Palm Beach Post reports.
RACE MATTERS: The retirement of a Polk principal brings concerns over simmering racial disputes at the school, the Lakeland Ledger reports. Parents urge the board to keep a black principal at the school, the Ledger reports.
LABOR NEWS: Sarasota teachers reach a tentative contract that includes lower supplemental pay for extra work, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Brevard seals a deal with its new superintendent, Florida Today reports.
EARLY START: Citrus decides to start school a week earlier than planned after winning a state waiver as a high-performing district, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
KEEPING THEIR CAMPUS: FSU won't close the Panama City campus -- for now, the Panama City News-Herald reports.