THE BUDGET IS OUT: And it's looking like funding per Florida public school student will be down about $140 each, and university and college tuition will rise 6 percent. See the story here.
FORGET THE '60s: USF looks to cut its Africana and Women's studies programs as its budget shrinks.
MAKE SOME TOUGH CHOICES: Florida lawmakers are harming the state's quality of life and basic services with their budget decisions, and they need to deal with several key issues immediately, the Daytona Beach News-Journal editorializes along with the LeRoy Collins Institute. The recommendations include reforming Bright Futures and modifying the class size amendment.
WATCHING AND WAITING: Cape Coral mom Debbie Johnston is standing by in hopes that the Legislature finally will approve the anti-bullying bill she's been promoting in memory of her son, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. (See the Gradebook's recent interview with Johnston here.)
MAYBE THEY DON'T REALIZE WE'RE WATCHING: Teachers around the country, including Florida, put questionable materials on their personal web pages, raising questions about their professionalism, the Washington Post reports.
BIG IN SIZE, BUT LIMITED IN POWER: South Florida politicians lament that their lack of clout in Tallahassee disproportionately hurts their education systems, the Miami Herald reports.
NOT ENOUGH: Even if it would cut salaries by up to 7.5 percent, and lay off some employees, the Manatee district still would fall about $6.3-million short of its budget cutting goal, the Herald-Tribune reports.
MORE EATING FREE: As the economy worsens, Manatee schools see a greater percentage of students accepting free and reduced price meals, the Bradenton Herald reports.
TOO FEW STUDENTS: Leon school officials ponder what to do with schools that are far below capacity as they seek to cut the budget by about $12-million, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.