Today's education news: Teacher morale, rallies for funding, sex education and more
SPLIT OVER SCHEDULING: Pinellas district officials are pleased they saved money in their effort to change the middle school schedule, but teachers say that the initiative busted morale long-term because it violated their contract. (Image from samedaymarriage.com)
ELEVATOR INTERVIEW: Some USF students learn about how to interview for a job by competing in an elevator speech contest.
RALLY FOR EDUCATION: About 1,500 turn out in Lee to demand better funding for Florida's public schools, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Florida Today urges Brevard residents to speak up for school funding when the community has a town hall meeting with legislators on Monday.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HOLDING EDUCATION HARMLESS? Florida lawmakers need to fix the state's education funding mess -- with or without a stimulus package, the Tallahassee Democrat editorializes.
MORE SEX ED: Volusia moves to an abstinence-plus sex education program, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
4-DAY WEEK? Florida lawmakers aim to give school districts that option to save money, but educators aren't too keen on the idea, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
VIRTUAL CONUNDRUM: State law requires all Florida districts to offer a K-8 online school by the fall, yet the cost to set it up is proving troublesome, the Herald-Tribune reports.
WHO'S AFFECTED BY CUTS? Florida Today interviews Brevard school employees who face possible layoffs.
RETIREMENT SCAM? UF looks into abuses of the state retirement program, the Gainesville Sun reports.
AROUND THE NATION: Figuring out the financial aid form for college isn't so easy, the NY Times reports. • As New York class sizes grow, the debate increases over whether smaller classes are actually better, the NY Times reports. • D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee says she's no longer looking into a "state of emergency" declaration to get out of collective bargaining, the Washington Post reports.