Today's education news: Truancy court, saggy pants, a shorter athletic season and more
CUTTING SPORTS: The FHSAA will decide next week whether to scale back Florida's high school sports schedule. It would save money for schools, but many parents aren't happy. (Times file photo)
PULL UP YOUR PANTS: The Florida Senate continues to press ahead with a bill to force students to keep their pants at their waists, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
STEALING STUDENTS? An Indian River charter school blames St. Lucie's new policy on out-of-district transfers for a decline in its enrollment, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
STOP SKIPPING: Collier's Truancy Court is helping reduce persistent truancy, but leaders worry that budget cuts could harm the effort, the Naples Daily News reports.
TECHNICAL ED: An outdated funding formula hurts Florida's growing technical and career programs while benefiting those that haven't made much progress, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SAVE OUR CAMPUS: Panama City residents rally to oppose plans to close the FSU branch there, the Panama City News-Herald reports.
FOUR REMAIN: FIU narrows its president search to four finalists, the Miami Herald reports.
AND THE WINNER IS: Brevard expects to choose its new superintendent today, Florida Today reports.
BUDGET NEWS: Collier offers teachers bonuses instead of raises, and proposes that insurance premiums go up 10 percent, the Naples Daily News reports. • Martin won't consider drastic cuts in its spending plans, the Stuart News reports. • Never mind the state's financial crunch, it's full speed ahead on another school supplies sales tax holiday, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Manatee considers a two-year impact fee freeze, the Bradenton Herald reports. • FAU's faculty salaries remain a point of dispute, the Palm Beach Post reports. • UF students plan another funding protest today, the Gainesville Sun reports.