Today's education news: University cuts, AP classes, teacher of the year layoff and more
LESS MONEY FOR AP: Educators question the Florida Senate's plan to cut financial support for Advanced Placement classes as the state adds AP performance to its high school grading criteria. (Times photo, Jim Damaske)
KEEPING IT REAL: Alonso High students get a lesson about the need to wear a seat belt from the FHP.
NEVER GIVE UP: Pasco high school senior Nicole Rellias overcomes the struggles of teen pregnancy to become a Bright Futures scholar with plans to become a teacher.
COPING SKILLS: Imagine School at St. Petersburg deals with the shooting death of one of its second graders.
A REAL THREAT: Pending cuts to Florida's public universities could have long-lasting damage on the state, the Times editorializes. • Leaders of the schools in Tallahassee worry that the slashing will forever alter the capital city, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • University leaders across Florida prepare for the worst, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
JUST GO ALREADY: Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander needs to resign now, the Times editorializes.
MONEY SWAP: Lawmakers propose taking more money from maintenance and construction and putting it into general school operations than school district leaders ever proposed, the Miami Herald reports.
SENIORITY REALITY: One of Clay's teacher of the year finalists will lose her job because of union rules about hiring and layoffs, Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods writes. • Florida lawmakers are looking at rewriting teacher tenure rules, the Bradenton Herald reports.
GOOD NEWS: The state's smaller-than-expected budget cuts might spare many Lee teachers from losing their jobs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
ARE THEY READY? South Florida schools are better equipped to deal with an armed assault now than 10 years ago, when the Columbine massacre occurred, the Miami Herald reports. • Brevard too, Florida Today reports.
FOUR DAYS A WEEK: Broward leaders take a closer look at Pompano Beach High's four-day schedule to see if it could work on a broader scale, the Sun-Sentinel reports.