Florida education news: Teacher pay, testing in English, tutoring and more
GAME CHANGER: Pinellas officials raise the bar on starting teacher pay by setting the entry-level salary at $40,000. • Treasure Coast district teachers may not get as big raises as they expected, the Stuart News reports.
OUT OF BOUNDS: Hillsborough School Board chairwoman April Griffin didn't play by the rules in trying to change a high school student's athletic eligibility, the Times editorializes.
WHAT YOU KNOW: Critics question the fairness of high-stakes exams that students still learning English must take in English, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
OPAQUE: Manatee district officials refuse to share the final version of their tentative budget or to talk about its details before the School Board votes, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CRITICAL POINT: Florida must invest more in its higher education system for it to meet needs and thrive, the Miami Herald editorializes.
RIPPED OFF: Students of a south Florida private for-profit college are left with debts and little else as the school closes amid allegations of fraud, the Miami Herald reports.
DELIBERATE GROWTH: Florida International University expands its enrollment by a third, becoming one of the country's largest universities along the way, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
POLITICAL PUSH: Organizers look for ways to force Florida out of using the Common Core, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TUTORING TIME: The Lee school district revamps its tutoring programs for struggling students as federal and state rules governing the system change, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
MISSING MATERIALS: Some Duval schools have yet to receive some textbooks and other instructional materials three weeks into the academic year, the Florida Times-Union reports.