Today's education news: Threatening students, funding rally, unpaid days and more
HATE TO SAY THEY TOLD YOU SO: Florida's latest revenue estimates show that Gov. Crist's budget — which offered new money to schools — was overly optimistic. Now even GOP lawmakers are talking taxes. (AP photo)
IS IT RACISM? Sure, some black students in Pinellas schools say some mean, nasty, racially-tinged things to their white teachers. But many of the teachers say they think the kids are just trying to get a rise out of them.
TIME TO TALK: Pinellas officials investigating the former principal of John Hopkins Middle finally will get the chance to interview her.
TURN OUT THE LIGHTS: Pasco School Board member Cathi Martin relents to calls for her removal, announcing she will resign because of ongoing health problems.
GOING TO THE RALLY: At least 1,000 South Florida education advocates plan to descend on Tallahassee on Wednesday to push for better funding, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CHARTER GROUP DROPS D WADE: Mavericks in Education dumps basketball star Dwyane Wade as a partner, saying he failed to live up to his promise to support the alternative education schools, the Broward New Times reports.
NO GUNS ALLOWED: A Broward third grader could be expelled for bringing an unloaded gun to school, the Miami Herald reports.
UNDERSTANDABLE? YES. LEGAL? NOT SO SURE: Orange administrators are looking into the propriety of an elementary principal's letter asking parents to donate $500 each to stave off financial crisis, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
BUDGET NEWS: Northeast Florida school leaders are looking at the idea of a four-day week, but they don't really like it, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Leon considers scaling back busing service for charter schools, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • Four of Miami-Dade's employee unions agree to accept three unpaid days to save the district some cash, the Miami Herald reports. The holdout? The biggest, of course — the United Teachers of Dade.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Pinellas School Board member Mary Brown, who talks about her concerns over black students threatening white teachers.