Today's education news: Teacher tenure, innovation funding, teachers in love and more
TROUBLE FOR USF VP: Dr. Abdul Rao, a vice president of USF Health, is under investigation after he's caught on video apparently stealing a $100 bicycle.
NORTHWEST FLORIDA STATE GOT ITS MONEY: But lacking the backing of the incoming House speaker, other Florida community colleges took major cuts.
GETTING BACK ON TRACK: A program at Miami-Dade College helps refugee doctors prepare to become physicians in the United States.
TENURE IN TROUBLE? Florida lawmakers will consider legislation to make it easier to fire teachers.
EVERYTHING'S ON THE TABLE: Pasco begins preparations to cut another $9.2 million by June 30 and $35 million for the next fiscal year.
THE TOWERS WILL CONTINUE: Hillsborough's School Board rejects the County Commission's request to stop putting cell phone towers at schools pending more public discussion.
EDUCATION INNOVATION: The federal spending package gives US Education Secretary Arne Duncan $5 billion to support innovative school improvement efforts, the Washington Post reports. Duncan has not promised to give waivers to any states require one to qualify for some of the stimulus education funding, such as Florida, the AP reports. More on that potential loss of funds from the Palm Beach Post.
LOVE IN THE TEACHERS LOUNGE: About one in six school teachers are married to another educator. The Miami Herald talks to some of the happy couples.
NOT GUILTY: A Sarasota special education teacher is found not guilty of child abuse in a trial that highlighted some of the more controversial methods that some ESE teachers use, the Herald-Tribune reports.
LAYOFFS: Marion will cut 17 percent of its teaching staff to balance its budget next year, the Ocala Star Banner reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with House Pre-K-12 Policy chairman John Legg.