Florida education news: Early release days, teacher contracts, charter schools and more
PLANNING TIME: Hillsborough schools explore the possibility of early release Mondays instead of Wednesdays to give teachers extra weekly preparation time. • Early release Wednesdays net some positive results in Manatee schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.
JOB SECURITY: Florida teachers currently on annual contract might never be able to get a professional services contract under legislation before the state House. • Faculty unions at Florida's public universities seek to boost membership amid threats from the Legislature to decertify ones that do not have 50 percent participation, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
FUNDING CUTS: The Florida House gives initial approval to a state budget that would cut per-student funding by $463, to its lowest level since 2005. • The Manatee school district examines ideas such as selling unused property and closing departments to deal with the expected shortfall, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Marion school officials look for ways to save without layoffs, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
WHO'S NEXT? Seven hopefuls apply to fill the Hernando School Board vacancy left by the resignation of Pat Fagan.
MORE CHARTERS: The Florida Legislature moves to make it easier to open charter schools.
PERFORMANCE PAY: Hernando superintendent Bryan Blavatt offers to tie his pay to the district's outcomes.
MORE ACCOUNTABILITY: The Broward School Board takes steps to hold staff more responsible for actions that led to major criticisms of the district, the Miami Herald reports. • Meanwhile, the board also must look for a new superintendent in a short time frame, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
OUTTA HERE: Edison State College's trustees vice chairman resigns in frustration with the school's leadership, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TOUGHER RULES: The Palm Beach School Board adds limitations to when teachers may use prone restraint on students with special needs, the Palm Beach Post reports.