Florida education news: Grieving school, Broad Prize, Amendment 8 and more
SHOCK: Rodgers Middle School grieves the loss of student Jennifer Caballero as Hillsborough district officials examine how she slipped away from campus and drowned. • Superintendent MaryEllen Elia expresses condolences over the girl's death. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)
SUSPICIONS: Opponents of Amendment 8 on the Florida ballot suggest that supporters are trying too hard to convince voters that it has nothing to do with school vouchers.
CHALLENGES: Fire damage to St. Petersburg High's auditorium changes life for the school's thespians.
ON LEAVE: Zephyrhills High principal Steve Van Gorden is removed from his post pending an investigation into unspecified allegations against him.
COME GET IT: Retiring Zephyrhills High art teacher Deborah Gillars calls on former students to claim their artwork that they left to decorate her classroom over the years.
WINNER: The Miami-Dade school district claims the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education for its work improving the performance of minority students, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
OUTLOOK: Gov. Rick Scott offers a few more comments about his education policy plans to the Orlando Sentinel.
OLD STYLE: Southwest Florida education leaders say old-school ways of education can hinder progress today, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LABOR NEWS: Plans to hold St. Lucie teacher contract negotiations in a place too small to accommodate an audience could violate the state's open meetings law, the St. Lucie Tribune reports. • The Broward Teachers Union elects a new president, the Miami Herald reports. • Palm Beach district officials will take a teacher raise proposal to the School Board for consideration, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Bay support staff reach a tentative contract agreement, the Panama City News Herald reports.