Today's education news: Virtual School, a song lawsuit, Twitter and more
WHY CUT WHAT WORKS? Education reform advocates around the country puzzle over why Florida leaders would want to scale back Florida Virtual School, one of the state's most successful and admired initiatives of the past decade. (Times photo, Kathleen Flynn)
LET'S MAKE A DEAL: Florida lawmakers begin to compromise on the state budget. Initial agreements call for reducing higher ed funding by $100 million more.
WASHING THEIR HANDS OF THE MESS: Northwest Florida State College trustees fire their president and terminate the airport project that got the president and the former Florida House speaker indicted.
ONLINE ACCESS FOR TEACHERS: Hillsborough considers how much personal use of computers during school time is too much.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Cool cats, hot coffee, hip verse • Coachman Middle School students win 24 math scholarships • Hernando salutes Eastside Elementary student for saving pal with Heimlich maneuver • Genesis Preparatory School valedictorian and salutatorian • Pasco High School valedictorian and salutatorian • Explorer K-8 pajama read-a-thon helps kids get comfortable with books • Head Start students in Hernando enjoy Day of the Book
GIVE US THE WAIVER: The U.S. DOE should grant Florida a waiver so the state can qualify for education stabilization funds even though state lawmakers don't always do right by public schools, the Palm Beach Post editorializes. • Then, the Florida Legislature should finally stand up for students, the Miami Herald editorializes.
PARENTS SUE AGAIN: Fresh from winning an injunction against the song In God We Still Trust, some St. Johns parents go to court to ban their school from performing Chatter With the Angels, the Florida Times-Union reports.
THE TWITTERING CLASS: Collier becomes the latest Florida school district to use Twitter, the Naples Daily News reports.
DOUBLE DIPPING: St. Lucie teachers criticize the district for rehiring an administrator who had just retired from the same job under DROP, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
DID THEY DO IT RIGHT? Legal experts question whether Manatee Community College acted properly in choosing a new name, the Bradenton Herald reports.
COSTLY BENEFITS: Seminole can't avoid insurance cost increases, which likely means higher fees for district employees, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
STIMULUS PLANS: Brevard outlines how it would use federal stimulus money in its application for nearly $17 million, Florida Today reports.
AROUND THE NATION: Some colleges are looking into their applicants' social network sites, the LA Times reports. • AP teachers worry that the program is losing is luster as it grows too rapidly, the NY Times reports.