WE USUALLY STICK TO NEWS HERE ... But there have been a lot of opinions swirling around Florida's teacher performance pay plan. So here's what our editorial page had to say, and also some letters to the editor on the topic, for your enjoyment.
CHARTER SCHOOL STRUGGLES: A Pasco County charter school had counted on donations, many by family members and friends, to keep financially afloat. Then the principal's brother-in-law stiffed the school, stopping payment on a check for nearly $10,000. Now some school district officials, already sketchy about charter schools, are talking about closing the school down.
CUT IT OUT: A substitute teacher in Milan, Italy, wanted the boy to stop talking. So she took a scissors and cut his tongue. At least we can say ouch. He's not eating or sleeping too well, mom reports.
NOT TOO SICK FOR SCHOOL: Just because they're in the hospital, or recovering from illness or injury, that doesn't mean students are necessarily out of school. Or not taking the FCAT. The Sun-Sentinel looks at the hospital-homebound education program in Broward County.
SHE SAID 'THAT'S SO GAY': Now the California high school freshman is fighting for her right to say it. Her parents have sued the Santa Rosa school district for disciplining her, claiming her First Amendment rights were violated, the Associated Press reports. Well-worn phrase or harassment? You decide. (The courts probably will.)
COLUMBINE, REVISITED: The site of the country's deadliest school shooting got a scare yesterday, evacuating under a bomb threat, Reuters reports. It never ends.