Florida education news: Commissioner search, shrinking reserves, horse therapy and more
WHO'S NEXT? Speculation swirls as to what type of person will replace outgoing Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson. Candidates for Pinellas School Board make suggestions during a forum. Florida should seek a leader who wants to improve public education rather than privatize it, the Times editorializes. [The State Board of Education meets at 7 a.m. to discuss its next steps in a commissioner search - listen here.]
WARNED: Hernando superintendent Bryan Blavatt alerts the School Board that its reserves are too low for a second straight year.
THREATENED: A former Pasco assistant principal says she was pressured by her boss to back superintendent Heather Fiorentino's reelection bid.
POINTLESS: A Hillsborough civic group's effort to have School Board candidates pledge to block certain speakers at public schools is meaningless and intimidating, the Times editorializes.
DOES ANYBODY CARE? Lack of participation in Pasco's budget public hearings highlights problems with the system, columnist C.T. Bowen writes.
BIG DEBT: The Miami-Dade School Board takes steps to seek a $1.2 billion bond to improve a crumbling infrastructure, the Miami Herald reports.
BONDING: A new Manatee charter school for girls will offer horse therapy in its curriculum, the Bradenton Herald reports.
OUT: Palm Beach replaces a middle school principal who faces charges on accusations of seeking sex with a minor boy, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ROLL WITH IT: UF's next president must be able to deal with the school's many challenges as well as its positives, the Gainesville Sun reports.