Florida education news: Florida Polytech, FCAT, school start dates and more
MAYBE NOT: Florida House speaker Will Weatherford suggests that Florida Polytechnic University might not belong in the state university system. • Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, lobbies to get the fledgling university's funding back into the budget, the Ledger reports.
ABUSE: A Pinellas teacher is arrested on accusations that she physically abused two special needs students in her class.
DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT: A group of Orlando parents organizes an FCAT opt-out drive, Fox 51 reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Disney fights a bill to let Florida schools begin classes earlier than two weeks before Labor Day, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers reports.
SAVE OUR SCHOOLS: A battle to prevent two Broward schools for students with special needs from closing ends with one getting a reprieve and the other remaining on the chopping block, the Miami Herald reports. • A Canaveral Port Authority commission member proposes his agency put up $5 million to keep three Brevard schools from closing, Florida Today reports.
IT'S IN THERE: House speaker Will Weatherford says the House education budget includes money for teacher raises, the Florida Times-Union reports.
DON'T BE A BULLY: A Martin high school group visits area elementary schools with anti-bullying lessons, the Stuart News reports.
HE'S BACK: Ousted Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson pops up as the new executive director of the county's School Administrators Association, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SHE STAYS: The Volusia School Board reaffirms its support of superintendent Margaret Smith in the face on a petition to oust her, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
INSURANCE REQUIRED: New University of Florida will need to carry health insurance or they won't be admitted, the Gainesville Sun reports.