Today's education news: Zero tolerance, athletic participation fees, college cuts and more
BUT IT'S FOR THE SCHOOLS: Facing opposition to his plan to expand gambling, Gov. Crist makes a pitch for the plan outside a Miami elementary school, saying education would benefit. The response was tepid. "Gambling is not good for society. It's an addiction," said Octavio Ochoa, who was picking up his son.
WHOLE LOTTA BILLS: Florida lawmakers clear more than a dozen bills that would change state education policy.
GET RID OF HIM: Hernando would not miss superintendent Wayne Alexander and his penchant to alienate people, columnist Dan DeWitt writes.
JUST SHOW UP: Pasco board member Cathi Martin should not spend time trying to get her colleagues to approve a policy that would let board members attend meetings via phone, the Times editorializes.
PROTECT THE ARTS: Florida's quality of life would suffer if FSU shutters the Ringling Museum of Art because of dwindling university finances, the Times editorializes.
POSITIONS CUT: Jackson schools plan to eliminate 60 jobs but not scale back programs, WJHG.com reports. • Collier plans to cut employees to save programs, too, the Naples Daily News reports. • Santa Rosa teachers, some of whom will lose their jobs through cuts, rally against the state budget, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
PAY TO PLAY: Volusia will begin charging a participation fee for athletics, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Treasure Coast schools are simply cutting back after-school activities, the Stuart News reports.
KEEP UP THE HEAT: Florida's university presidents show up at the Capitol to warn against pending major cuts to higher ed funding, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Key senators agree that the House budget would irreparably harm higher education, and urge the school leaders to keep lobbying for more, the Florida Times-Union reports.
A LITTLE MORE TOLERANCE: A proposal in Tallahassee that would give schools more leeway in punishing students who do "goofy things" is losing support over addition of a saggy pants ban added at the last minute, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
RUMORS EVERYWHERE: Confusion reigns at Northwest Florida State College in the aftermath of president Bob Richburg's indictment and arrest for official misconduct and perjury, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
BEEFCAKE FOR SALE: Some male Brevard teachers show their pecs for a fundraising calendar that "a lot of the moms like," Florida Today reports.