Today's education news: Vouchers, sick leave, reserve funds and more
RULES ARE RULES: Pasco administrators would like to help ailing teacher Connie Duffy with her request for days from the sick bank pool. But state law and the district's employee contract tie their hands.
COUNT THEM IN: As Orange re-evaluates the role of black residents in setting new attendance zones, Hispanic leaders are asking why they're not in the mix, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TEACHING ENGLISH TO NONSPEAKERS: Florida Atlantic University begins a new degree called Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, the Palm Beach Post reports.
REBUILDING RESERVES: Volusia drained its rainy day funds last summer to avoid layoffs, but now finds itself on the state financial watch list for having too little unrestricted reserves, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
LAYOFFS: Manatee will let go of 74 annual-contract employees, most of them teachers, the Bradenton Herald reports.
THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY: Transferring from a failing school to one that gets better results doesn't work for all the Duval students who try it, the Florida Times-Union reports.
EVICTED: A Broward charter school is kicked out of its home after failing to pay its mortgage, the Miami Herald reports.
BETTER BUDGET: Orange superintendent Ron Blocker presents a spending plan that cuts millions less than originally proposed, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
WATCH WHAT YOU SAY: A white Escambia teacher is in trouble for making racial slurs about a black custodian, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
PUNTING PERFORMANCE PAY: Escambia drops out of MAP, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
SHUTTING DOWN? FSU considers closing its Panama City campus, the Panama City News-Herald reports.