Florida education news: Early release days, teacher merit pay, school class size and more
CHECK YOUR CALENDAR: The Hillsborough School Board approves a teacher contract that adds more early release days and days off for students.
TOO OLD: A Hernando mom raises a red flag over the district's adding adult ed courses to her child's elementary school campus while kids are in school.
JUST MAYBE: The Pasco teachers union gives a final look at whether it will agree to participate in the state's Race to the Top plans.
MAYBE NOT: Pinellas Palm Harbor University High School withdraws its offer to hire a teacher with a spotty past and powerful parents. The school district should reexamine the processes that let the teacher's hiring get so far along, the Times editorializes.
WHAT'S GOING ON? If it's at Pasco Gulf High School, teacher Jeff Miller will be there recording it for posterity.
FOLLOW THROUGH: Florida school districts should stick firm to implementing teacher performance pay, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes.
NOT GONNA HAPPEN: The Walton School Board doesn't adopt the use of lesser-paid associate teachers to help meet class size requirements, the Destin Log reports.
MORE LOCAL CONTROL: Democratic candidate for Florida governor Alex Sink releases her education platform, which includes returning more decision making to school districts, the Miami Herald reports.
WANT TO BE A SUPERINTENDENT? The Indian River school district is looking for one to be on board by June 2011, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
DOWNWARD SLIDE: Enrollment in Sarasota schools continues its five-year decline, the Herald-Tribune reports.
OOPS: A UF laptop filled with student and employee information was stolen, the Gainesville Sun reports.