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Florida education news: School budget cuts, four day school weeks, computer testing problems and more

CUTS COMING: The Pinellas School Board moves closer to slashing millions in spending, including layoffs and furloughs for any gap that remains.

INDEFENSIBLE: Florida State University president Eric Barron needs to send a clear message that his school's academic freedom is not for sale, the Times editorializes.

FOUR-DAY WEEKS: The Lake School Board abandons talks of a four-day school week, saying it needs more information, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

COMPUTER GLITCHES: Technology issues hinder some Alachua schools in their administration of the state's computerized Algebra I end of course exam, the Gainesville Sun reports.

CONTRACT CONCERNS: Collier's pick for superintendent wants extensive changes to the contract she's been offered, the Naples Daily News reports.

CLOSED MEETINGS: Edison State College trustees hold workshops without keeping records, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

LONG-TERM PLANNING: The Bay school district works to revise its five-year strategic plan, the Panama City News Herald reports.

MORE CUTS: Manatee superintendent Tim McGonegal prepares two budgets for his School Board to consider, one with $11 million in cuts, the other with $17 million, the Bradenton Herald reports. - Broward tells 1,400 teachers their contracts won't be renewed as part of the district's budget plans, the Miami Herald reports. - Okaloosa school officials hold town hall meetings to explain their budget woes to the public, theNorthwest Florida Daily News reports. - Polk officials work through the numbers to determine exactly which positions will be eliminated through budget cuts, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

Posted by Jeff Solochek at 6:21:13 am on May 17, 2011