Today's education news: Swine flu, school libraries, summer pre-K and more
AT HOME, OR AT THE MALL? Some Hillsborough families have to cope with the closure of their schools because of swine flu. • Manatee officials recommend that parents prepare for the same, the Bradenton Herald reports. • It looked a lot like vacation for kids at three South Florida schools, too, the Miami Herald reports. • Seminole shuts a school as a precaution, the Orlando Sentinel reports. (Times photo, Brian Cassella)
GROWING STRONG: USF rebuilds its orthopedics program, which had been closed for 17 years.
BUDGET DEAL DONE: The agreement gives Florida schools a slight boost in per-student funding.
STILL NOT ENOUGH: Lawmakers' proposal to allow school districts to raise local taxes for capital expenses won't be enough to help big districts like Miami-Dade, CBS-4 in Miami reports.
KIDS NEED BOOKS: A Manatee charter school figures out that it needs a library for students more than it needs a staff lounge, the Bradenton Herald reports.
ECONOMY CLAIMS ANOTHER SCHOOL: This time, it's a facility for special-needs students in Lee, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LABOR NEWS: Collier's teacher union sidesteps money issues for a while to get other contract matters on the table, the Naples Daily News reports. • Sarasota begins shuffling teachers as contract terms kick in amid layoffs, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Tallahassee Community College faculty members reject unionization, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
HOW LONG CAN VPK SUMMER PROGRAM LAST? Interest continues to drop as families favor the school-year program, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
AND THEY'RE OFF: FAMU increases tuition and nine fees for next year, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
CHARTERS FEEL THE SQUEEZE: Escambia's charter schools are making tough budget choices, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.