Florida education news: ACT test scores, SB 736, principal pay and more
CAUGHT IN LIMBO: Florida high school juniors trying to pass the ACT or SAT to replace their FCAT graduation requirement find the state has yet to set a passing score for them. (IStockphoto.com)
DONE: Tom Gonzalez again says he will resign as Hillsborough School Board attorney.
ACCUSED: Parents at the private St. John's Episcopal school in Tampa say their Latin teacher emotionally and physically abused students.
LIFE LESSONS: Chocachatti Elementary School student choose microsocieties and "work" in them twice weekly.
ARGUMENTS: Lawyers for the Florida Education Association and the state spend two hours in court debating the constitutionality of SB 736, the Sun-Sentinel reports. See the FEA's report on the hearing here.
CAMPUS COPS: Florida lawmakers appear poised to increase funding for school safety, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Lee County adds more officers patrolling public schools, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • The Lake school district removes extra officers that had been assigned temporarily to elementary schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Florida charter and private schools seek safety solutions too, Redefined reports. • See U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan's comments on the president's proposals to reduce gun violence here.
TIME TO CHANGE: Manatee district leaders look for more effective leadership after the bottom falls out in their finances, the Bradenton Herald reports.
DENIAL: The Clay School Board prepares to reject a charter applicant's second attempt to open a school, the Florida Times-Union reports.
COMBAT PAY: Miami-Dade approves a new salary structure for principals, based upon the type of schools they have and the students they serve, the Miami Herald reports.
UNHAPPY: St. Lucie parents react negatively to several budget cutting proposals, the St. Lucie Tribune reports. "They are unpopular with us too," superintendent Michael Lannon told the paper.
APPROVED: An Escambia high school allows students to create a Gay-Straight Alliance after earlier denying the request, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.