Florida education news: Athlete transfers, furloughs, bullying and more
TOO RIGID: Hillsborough School Board members call for more flexibility in the district athlete transfer policy that was enacted to prevent cheating. (Times file photo)
LEAVE CANCELED: The Pasco school district finds money to cover the costs of a planned two-day furlough.
BACK TO WORK: A Hernando teacher with multiple arrests in his past is allowed back in class after a weekend DUI.
BULLYING: The Mitchell High assistant principal who didn't act on a reported threat to a student who was later beaten up is reprimanded. Students in Hernando and Pasco schools deserve better attention when it comes to bullying, the Times editorializes.
RETIREMENT PLANS: A bill that would place all new Florida state employees into a 401(k) begins moving through the state House, the News Service of Florida reports.
JUST DRESS NICE: The Orange School Board won't mandate school uniforms for everyone, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
HAND 'EM OVER: Duval superintendent Nikolai Vitti redirects hundreds of iPads bought for administrators to prekindergarten classes for students to learn math and reading, the Florida Times-Union reports.
STILL LOOKING: The St. Lucie School Board expands its search for a superintendent search firm, the St. Lucie Tribune reports.
INVESTIGATIONS: Bradenton Police look into allegations of misconduct against a Manatee High parent liason and assistant football coach, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune. • The state attorney drops charges against a Palm Beach band director accused of using school money to pay for family trips, the Palm Beach Post reports.
OUTSOURCING: The Volusia school district will consider privatizing its custodial services, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Marion teachers union has accused the district of using full-time substitute teachers to avoid paying benefits, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
DON'T DISCRIMINATE: Polk school officials revise their anti-discrimination policies to encompass gender identity issues, the Ledger reports.