Florida education news: Hernando superintendent, sweet treats in school, Education Week rankings and more
BLAVATT IN CHARGE: The Hernando School Board has selected former Boone County, Ky., superintendent Bryan Blavatt (on the left) to be its new leader. (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
WE'RE NO. 8? Education Week rates Florida's public school system as eighth best in the nation, saying the state is on an upward trend.
SEEKING ANSWERS: More than 100 Hillsborough teachers turn out to learn more about the Gates Foundation grant that will change the way they're evaluated and paid.
BIG CHALLENGE: Hillsborough administrator Judith Rainone is charged with fighting bullying in the schools.
A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE: Fifty-nine Florida school districts sign on to the Race to the Top, but without much union support the application could suffer, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
DUMP THE JUNK FOOD: A nutrition professor says Sarasota schools could do a better job of getting sweet treats out of the classroom, the Herald-Tribune reports.
A LITTLE HELP: About 140 Manatee teachers get classroom grants to help them implement creative lessons, the Bradenton Herald reports.
BRRR: Palm Beach parent complain of icy classrooms during the state's cold snap, the Palm Beach Post reports.
STOP RESTRAINING KIDS: A group of Florida parents is again trying to get the state to ban the physical restraint of children with disabilities as a school disciplinary action, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ANOTHER BLOW: A Polk elementary school reels from the resignation of its assistant principal, who had a sexual relationship with a teacher, not long after its principal was arrested on sexual battery charges, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
TALKING TAXES: Bay officially agrees to ask voters for a half-cent sales tax to support construction projects, the Panama City News Herald reports.
GETTING CLOSER: Escambia teachers propose a raise package that's closer to what the district might accept, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.