Florida education news: Gingerbread houses, school emergencies, restraint and seclusion, and more
SOMETHING SWEET: Anclote High senior Brooke Dobbyn shines in the culinary kitchen. (Times photo, Michele Miller)
CLOSER LOOK: The Pasco school district begins review of its procedures in dealing with emergencies relating to children with special needs.
SAFETY FIRST: Some Hernando residents call for permanently added armed officers at elementary schools, along with other additional security measures. • Two Hillsborough teens are arrested for perceived threats against their schools. • Pinellas officials investigate rumors of pending violence associated with the Mayan calendar "apocalypse." • Brevard lawmakers say they might support armed employees at schools, Florida Today reports.
AT RISK: A Broward teacher could lose her job after strapping an autistic child into a chair for two hours, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
REACHING OUT: Clay hires a second communications specialist to focus on relations with the public and parents, the Florida Times-Union reports. • An outside review criticizes the Palm Beach school district's external communications efforts as poor, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FLAWED: Alachua teachers tell their legislative delegation about problems with the state's teacher evaluation system, the Gainesville Sun reports.
STICK AROUND: State College of Florida trustees ask their interim president to remain in the post while they continue their president search, the Herald-Tribune reports.
OUTTA HERE: Broward's embattled school transportation director quits, the Miami Herald reports.
WHISTLEBLOWER: A former Martin principal sues the district, saying he was fired because he pointed out possible FCAT violations, the Stuart News reports.
DOUBLECHECKING: Marion officials are looking into how an unauthorized 22-year-old man was able to check out a 15-year-old girl from school to have sex with her, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
RECORDS BATTLE: A Polk activist reaches a settlement with the school district over his public records lawsuit, the Ledger reports.