PLAN ON HOLD: The Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission delays its vote on a proposal to eliminate sales tax loopholes and use the money to fund education, after economists suggest such a move could cost thousands of jobs.
HELPING PARENTS CHOOSE: Pinellas holds mini-fairs to introduce magnet schools and other options to parents who don't ordinarily use school choice. (Times photo, Chris Zuppa)
TEACH THEM WHILE THEY'RE YOUNG: The Palm Beach school district will expand its sex education curriculum to kindergarten through third grade, the Sun-Sentinel reports. "Obviously, in grades kindergarten through 3, we don't discuss birth control and sex," Program coordinator Judy Klinek said.
SUSPENDED, NOT FIRED: A Duval teacher gets a 10-day suspension for duct taping a student to a chair, the Florida Times-Union reports. The child's mom had pushed for a firing, but the district determined the teacher acted without malice.
WORKING ON IT: A Cape Coral charter school is reorganizing its budget so it can cover a $27,716 penalty assessed by the state for violating the class-size amendment, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. Some lawmakers are looking at how the amendment will relate to charter schools in future years.
MOONLIGHTING: Many South Florida teachers are taking second jobs to make ends meet, the Miami Herald reports.
THAT'S PERSONAL: The Miami-Dade school district is considering a rule that would ban the employment of top officials' relatives, the Miami Herald reports.
ADMISSIONS WORRIES: Florida's universities might have to cut enrollment by 17,000 if they don't have enough money to pay for the staff to advise students and process the paperwork, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SUPERINTENDENT TO SUE BOARD: Lake superintendent Anna Cowin plans to go to court to fight the board's rejection of her demotion of an assistant superintendent, the Orlando Sentinel reports.