Today's education news: Three-year degrees, four-day weeks, one more rally and more
THAT'S ONE HEFTY READING ASSIGNMENT: Pinellas administrators have more than 16,000 responses to their survey on budget priorities to wade through. (Image from Palm Beach school district)
NEW CFO FOR HERNANDO: Desiree Henegar, Sarasota's deputy budget chief, takes the key post for Hernando just in time to start slashing spending again.
MAKE HIM LEAVE: USF vice president Abdul Rao discredited the university and does not deserve his job, the Times editorializes.
NO MORE UNDERGRADS? UF's colleges of nursing and education consider dumping their bachelor's degree programs, the Gainesville Sun reports.
BREVARD BOARD CUTS ITS SALARY: Board members now make the same amount as a first-year teacher - a $2,383 reduction, Florida Today reports. • Polk board members informally agree to cut their pay, too, but won't take official action for two weeks, the Winter Haven News-Chief reports.
NO HIGH SCHOOL FOR MARCO ISLAND: Despite residents' best efforts, the state won't allow Collier to build a new school in the city, the Naples Daily News reports.
PARENTS KEEP SPEAKING OUT: St. Johns parents plan a Rally for Education on Friday, the St. Augustine Record reports.
MORE BUDGET NEWS: Florida Today calls on legislative leaders to take more steps to preserve funding for public education. • FAU profs point to the school's $173 million broadband lease and say they want a piece of it, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Orange schools will now allow raffles and bingo games to raise funds, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Leon will close a school and end the seven-period day as part of its budget cutting plan, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
THREE MORE YEARS: Orange superintendent Ron Blocker says he'll retire in 2012, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SEX ED IN EIGHTH GRADE: Volusia will begin its new sex education program in eighth grade, even though some board members wanted it to start in sixth, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
AROUND THE NATION: University fundraisers change their tactics as they try to refill their schools' shrunken coffers, the AP reports. • The concept of three-year college degrees begins to take hold, the NY Times reports. • Parents increasingly turn from 529 accounts to prepaid tuition plans as the investment market sags, the Associated Press reports.