Florida education news: Extended school days, employee discipline, race-based goals and more
LONGER DAYS: New Pinellas superintendent Mike Grego tells principals to prepare their schools for voluntary extended days to boost academic performance. (Times photo, Dirk Shadd)
COME TOGETHER: Manatee interim superintendent David Gayler tells his School Board they must unite to create a plan for the district's future, the Bradenton Herald reports.
TOO SLOW: Palm Beach community leaders complain that the school district's method of disciplining employees takes too long, the Palm Beach Post reports.
EDUCATION GOVERNOR: Gov. Rick Scott focuses on improving education as a way to better Florida's workforce, a message that has his critics warily paying attention, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TARGETS: The Duval School Board has adopted academic goals that include performance levels by race, the Florida Times-Union reports.
UNFAIR FUNDING: The Southwest Florida Early Learning Coalition is shorted millions of dollars for child care programs that serve poor families, the Naples Daily News reports.
PAY DAY: The Polk school district considers changing its pay schedule from monthly to biweekly, the Ledger reports.
SIGNAGE: The Miami-Dade village of Pinecrest looks into loosening sign restrictions for a local school seeking to promote fund raisers and other activities, the Miami Herald reports.
CONTRACT REVIEW: Gov. Rick Scott calls for a thorough examination of all state college presidents' contracts, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
HACKED: Florida universities notify former students and Bright Futures scholars that their personal credit information may be at risk, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.