Florida education news: College degrees, teacher evaluations, school technology and more
FOR THE LOVE OF LEARNING: No personal catastrophe could deter 50-year-old Cynthia Russell from completing her college degree. (Times photo, Octavio Jones)
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Pinellas school district leaders discuss ways to improve teacher evaluations. The entire state evaluation process needs a closer look, columnist Dan DeWitt writes. Bay County teachers give their legislative delegation an earful on the value-added model, the Panama City News Herald reports.
SCRUTINY: The Hillsborough School Board is divided as to how much attention it should give to the district's special education management problems.
INTERVIEWS: Three finalists make their case to become Florida's next education commissioner.
UPGRADES: The Hernando school district prepares to invest millions into Internet bandwidth and other technology needs.
SOLUTIONS: Duval school district and community leaders look for ways to reduce racial disparities in student discipline, the Florida Times-Union reports.
EXTRA TAXES: The St. Lucie School Board will ask voters to approve a local-option property tax to support district operations, the St. Lucie Tribune reports.
ALIGNMENTS: The Manatee school district looks for ways to improve teaching and learning in order to increase achievement, the Bradenton Herald reports.
WHERE IN THE WORLD? The Palm Beach school district considers adding GPS devices to all school buses, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Okaloosa School Board approves raises for all employees, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • St. Lucie teachers and the district head to mediation to resolve a contract negotiation dispute, the St. Lucie Tribune reports.
THERE OUGHTA BE A LAW: Marion high school students push for a law against distracted driving, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
PROTECTIONS: The Orange School Board adds antidiscrimination policy language for LGBT students and staff after six hours of discussion, the Orlando Sentinel reports.