Florida education news: Black male graduation rates, school cell phone towers, superintendent searches and more
TEACHABLE MOMENT: Students at two Pinellas high schools can't stop talking about the recent shooting of a St. Petersburg police officer by a teenager many of them knew. (Times photo, Dirk Shadd)
GRAD RATE DEBATE: Pinellas civic leaders discuss the progress made in graduating black males.
STUDENT VOICES: Hernando superintendent Bryan Blavatt suggests adding a student representative to the School Board.
CELL TOWER CONCERNS: Some Hillsborough parents keep the pressure on the School Board over the way it permits cell phone towers on school campuses, columnist Marlene Sokol writes.
HE'S GONE: Osceola schools superintendent Mike Grego, formerly a top Hillsborough administrator, abruptly resigns his post, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Seminole and Orange school districts also are looking for superintendents, the Sentinel reports.
MAKING CHANGES: The Broward School Board describes how it is repairing management problems outlined by a grand jury, the Miami Herald reports.
MERIT PAY: Collier and Lee teachers join the debate over teacher evaluations, pay and contract terms, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Rallies and counter-rallies are planned for Thursday across Florida, the Miami Herald reports. • It's an historic and overdue change that's coming to education, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes. • Palm Beach leaders seek teacher input to make the pending rules work in their schools, the Palm Beach Post reports.
HIRING THAW: The Palm Beach school district eases its hiring freeze to employ teachers as needed, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MEETING CAPACITY: Martin schools likely will see new attendance zones, but not next year, the Stuart News reports.
BIG CUTS: Volusia, Flagler school officials explain just how bad their budgets would be under Gov. Rick Scott's budget proposal, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.