Florida education news: Declining enrollment, teacher evaluations, charter school rules and more
YOU ARE GETTING SMALLER: Pinellas County schools enrollment continues to shrink, but its staffing has grown. • By contrast, Broward schools have reached a record high enrollment, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
THEY'RE BACK (SORT OF): The Hillsborough County Commission approves a scaled back version of the county parks after-school program for kids.
HIGH TECH FOR LESS: Pasco's Dayspring Academy charter school discovers a way to have interactive boards in its classrooms on a limited budget.
ON PINS AND NEEDLES: Hillsborough teachers anxiously await the results of their first evaluations under the district's new model.
APOLOGIZE: The teen who threatened a Hernando County art teacher, prompting her to lash out against him, owes his former teacher an apology, the Times editorializes.
TAXES VS. EDUCATION: Parents take umbrage at the city of Miami Lakes decision to end an FCAT tutoring program as part of its tax cutting plan, the Miami Herald reports.
PAYOUT REDUCED: An Orange middle school former principal loses a chunk of his unused vacation time after a discovery that he claimed sick leave while speaking at conferences, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
FREE ME: Public school officials ask Florida lawmakers to give districts the same latitude that charter schools get, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Manatee School Board approves a budget that cuts salaries by 2.75 percent, the Herald-Tribune reports.
COME WHEN IT'S NOT CROWDED: The University of Florida invites high school seniors to apply for admission taking classes only in the spring and summer, the Gainesville Sun reports.
ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK: Marion band boosters urge their School Board to reconsider slashing funds for their programs, the Ocala Star Banner reports.