FIX THE HIGH SCHOOLS: The Gradebook reported yesterday about the sorry state of high schools, as evidenced by two national reports. Today, Times reporter Tom Tobin gives a fuller accounting of what the experts say needs to be done. And here's the LA Times story on the issue.
DRUG STING SNARES PRINCIPAL: In his own school, while classes were in session, the principal of Tampa's Van Buren Middle decided it was the right time to buy and try to use $20 of crack. The seller was an undercover cop, and the principal ended up giving his students an up close look at an arrest.
MORE STAR: Hernando County's School Board imposed a plan on its teachers, who had declared impasse. Pasco County negotiators reached an agreement and hope the state will accept it without union and school board ratification. The common theme: No one likes STAR and they are doing it reluctantly. Sen. Don Gaetz, chair of the Senate Education Committee, says he and his House counterpart hear the complaints and want to make changes. Read more here.
EXPANSION PLANS: The growing Pasco County school district wins approval for a needed high school site, over neighbors' objections. The growing Hillsborough County school district explores its options for a needed high school, looking to possibly reuse an old courthouse.
SPELLINGS VISIT: The nation's education chief dropped by Tampa for a visit. For the Department of Education's version of events, click here.
GOVERNOR'S ED BUDGET: Gov. Charlie Crist released his budget weeks ago, but only yesterday did he get around to holding a press conference to talk about what he wants to do for Florida schools. Here's the Fort Myers News-Press report.
OPPOSE NCLB? Lots of educators say they do. But the Fairfax County (Va.) School Board is doing something about it, refusing to test English language learners on reading before they're ready, the Washington Post reports. The district could lose millions. Not quite the same response as all those Florida school districts that are imposing performance pay plans they say they despise.