Florida education news: Cyber-bullying, merit pay, school grades and more
CLEARED: The Pinellas school district rescinds the suspension of a girl accused of making threatening comments to a classmate on Facebook.
SIMPLISTIC MEASURE: Florida parents should look deeper than a school's state grade when assessing the school's performance, the Times editorializes.
FOUR-DAY CONCERNS: Marion school leaders learn the district would lose nearly $2 million in transportation funding if they go to four-day weeks, severely cutting the savings, the Ocala Star Banner reports.
MINORITIES WANTED: The Alachua school district seeks minority educators to have more teachers the same skin color as their students, the Gainesville Sun reports.
PARKING PROBLEMS: Residents of a Miami-Dade neighborhood worry that a new high school there would cause traffic woes, the Miami Herald reports.
TOP PRIORITIES: Florida House education committee chairman Bill Proctor puts merit pay and higher education reforms at the top of the list for the coming session, the Florida Times-Union reports.
UP IN ARMS: Some parents of a Duval high school blast district leaders for removing the school's principal, the Florida Times-Union reports.
LOCAL DECISION: A Florida lawmaker moves to allow school districts to decide whether to require middle school physical education courses, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Okaloosa School Board rejects a proposal to give teachers step increases, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.