Florida education news: Arts education, teacher performance pay, school textbook selection and more
SHE DELIVERS: Reddick Elementary School reading teacher Melanie Bolender wins Hillsborough's annual We Deliver award for her extraordinary work with children. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)
GRAD NEWS: Land O'Lakes High seniors take the stage to the next steps in life. • Pasco County has its first virtual school graduates. • Pinellas County private school valedictorians and salutatorians
ALL ABOUT ARTS: Skycrest Elementary School uses the arts to stimulate students' minds.
BUSINESS CONNECTIONS: The Pasco Economic Development Council gets more involved in career education at local high schools.
WHAT TO READ: Gov. Rick Scott signs into law a bill that takes school textbook selection out of the hands of the public, columnist Bill Maxwell writes.
NO TIME, NO MONEY: Palm Beach teachers worry about the district's scramble to adopt new evaluations required by state law, the Palm Beach Post reports.
PERFORMANCE PAY: Miami-Dade teachers could begin receiving performance-based incentives as early as this summer, the Miami Herald reports.
LAST DAY: Holly Hill Middle School in Volusia closes for good, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
STEPPING UP: The Monroe School Board names its second-in-command to run the district after its superintendent departs in June, the Keynoter reports.
BUDGET CUTS: Another 400 Broward teachers are to be laid off next week, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • The Duval School Board postpones a decision about employee furloughs, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Charter Schools USA CEO Jonathan Hage.