Florida education news: Vouchers, school technology, standards and more
NOT READY: Florida leaders commit to implementing the Common Core, but say teachers and schools are unlikely to meet the 2014 deadline.
VOUCHERS FOR ALL: Chairman in the Florida House and Senate refile legislation to create education savings accounts for families to use for any education needs, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • Several education issues are at play as the Legislature opens session, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Budget talks could pit health care against teacher raises, the AP reports.
HOLD OFF: The interim president of Florida State College at Jacksonville calls for a grace period for students whom the school is asking to repay improperly awarded Pell Grants, the Florida Times-Union reports.
OPTIMISTIC: Florida higher education leaders hope that proposals to increase their funding will end a trend of program cuts and layoffs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
BYOD: Collier County schools begin allowing students to bring their own personal electronic devices to class for coursework, the Naples Daily News reports. • Using technology has become a part of regular school life for Bay County students, the Panama City News-Herald reports. • More on BYOD in Escambia schools from the Pensacola News-Journal.
FOR THE LOVE OF SCIENCE: Some Flagler students meet twice weekly for optional hands-on science lessons, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.