Florida education news: ESE training, school safety, charter schools and more
HARD WORK: While Hillsborough district officials look into ways to improve special education teacher training, teacher Sandra Denham does the work daily and welcomes ideas for reform. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)
LOCKED DOWN: Tampa Bay area schools prepare for the possibility of an intruder, but understand the limitations. • South Florida school leaders plan to review safety procedures in the wake of the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • More reaction from the Miami Herald.
HONEST GRADE: Positive results on the PIRLS exam for Florida fourth graders help measure the health of Florida's education system, the Times editorializes.
RESIGNED: Former Zephyrhills High principal Steve Van Gorden, who left amid staff sexual harassment allegations, quits his job as Zephyrhills mayor.
SHUT IT DOWN: A judge recommends closure of a Volusia charter school for failure to meet its academic commitments, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TAKE IT BACK: An embattled Palm Beach elementary principal retracts his retirement during his battle with a board member, the Palm Beach Post reports.