Florida education news: Cone of shame, charter schools, valedictorians and more
SHAME: A Pasco high school teacher faces dismissal for forcing students to wear a "cone of shame" as a form of discipline. Two other Pasco teachers face unpaid suspension for inappropriate behavior with students.
OVERRULED: The Florida Board of Education allows five charter schools to open over the objections of local school districts, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
WHO GIVES THE SPEECH? Twenty-five seniors at a Marion high school might share valedictorian honors, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
AT-RISK: The Duval school district must do a better job of monitoring and counseling struggling students, the Florida Times-Union editorializes.
OPTIONS: Not all Florida public universities plan to spend down their reserves to avoid budget cuts despite legislative intentions, the News Service of Florida reports.
CLOSING: Florida Atlantic University plans to shut down its Port St. Lucie campus, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
CONVERSION: Teachers get to vote on whether to combine their two Polk public high schools into a single charter conversion, the Ledger reports.
LIMITS: The Bay School Board cuts its insurance coverage to keep its premiums unchanged, the Panama City News-Herald reports.