Florida education news: Four-day school weeks, teacher evaluations, cheerleader uniforms and more
FOUR-DAY WEEKS: A newly appointed task force begins to explore whether Pasco schools should move to four-day weeks for 2012-13. (honoluluadvertiser.com photo)
BABY IT'S HOT IN HERE: Pasco school bus drivers file a grievance over new rules that require them to lock down and leave their seats to get a sip of water.
STUCK IN NEUTRAL: Hernando's new driver education class lacks students now that it costs money and runs after school.
SETTLED: Hernando administrator Betty Harper makes a deal to drop her racial discrimination complaint against the district.
TEACHER DEVALUATION: Florida's new teacher evaluation rules will not make teachers better, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.
FAMILY FOOTSTEPS: Teachers' children follow them into the teaching profession and the same Manatee schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NO SPANISH HERE: Florida Gulf Coast University "suppresses" its Spanish major, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LABOR NEWS: Palm Beach teachers approve a contract with $500 raises, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Marion school bus drivers reach a contract which assures they won't be outsourced for at least a year, the Ocala Star Banner reports.
FOLLOW THE RULES: Flagler and Volusia high schools look to get their cheerleaders in dress code while in classes, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TAKE A HIKE: Brevard officials consider whether to end courtesy bus rides, Florida Today reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, the new president and CEO of Florida Take Stock in Children.