Florida education news: Faculty buyouts, locker room supervision, study abroad and more
PLEASE LEAVE: USF offers buyouts to veteran professors in hopes of saving some money on salaries. (Image from forbes.com)
CATCHING UP: Pinellas explores dropout prevention programs aimed at keeping students on track with their peers. • Lee pilots a program targeting too-old middle schoolers, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS: USF offers faculty members health insurance for domestic partners after five years of negotiations.
TEACHING AP: Pinellas shows teachers how to instruct the advanced courses to less advanced students.
TALK IS CHEAP: Florida needs to find money to pay for the creative education reforms it's seeking to implement, the Times editorializes.
NOT REALLY FOR THE CHILDREN: Broward School Board member Maureen Dinnen explains her vote against participating in the Race to the Top in the Sun-Sentinel.
IS SUPERVISION NECESSARY? Some educators say a bill that would require locker room supervision for Florida schools is a no-brainer, while others call it overkill, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
LABOR NEWS: Clay school support employees reach a tentative contract deal, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Volusia teachers reach an agreement that includes raises, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
WHERE DO THEY GO? Lee and Collier high school graduates don't pursue higher education at the same rates as teens from other parts of Florida, the Naples Daily News reports.
GOOD QUESTIONS: Sarasota Republicans are raising important points about the district's schools tax as the School Board asks voters to renew the program, Herald-Tribune columnist Eric Ernst writes.
POPULAR, BUT EXPENSIVE: Florida students want to study abroad in growing numbers, but finding the funding is tough, the Miami Herald reports.
DROP BACK IN: A St. Lucie public/private partnership works to get 16- to 21-year-olds back in school to complete their diplomas, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with incoming Hernando superintendent Bryan Blavatt.