Florida education news: High school graduations, value-added evaluations, valedictorians and more
TURNAROUND: Ladarious Jackson relies on wrestling and supportive coaches and teachers to transform from troublemaker to Gulf High School grad. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
"I'M NOT DROPPING OUT": Sergio Velazquez takes a break from his family to make sure he finishes at Leto High School.
NEW EVALUATIONS: Florida moves closer to adopting a value-added model of teacher evaluations, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
FRAUD CASE: Florida enters the growing lawsuit against for-profit colleges accused of misrepresentation, the Miami Herald reports.
CAN'T AFFORD TO FAIL: The Florida Board of Education must find a strong consensus builder with the patience to see through reforms as it seeks a new commissioner, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes.
HE MAKES HOW MUCH? The Broward School Board calls for a review of all salaries after learning it's paying a former janitor $108,000 to teach custodial services, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NEXT STEPS: Lee's new superintendent seeks to eliminate the achievement gap and improve graduation rates, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NO VALS: Martin County high schools do away with valedictorian honors as growing numbers of students take AP, honors and dual enrollment classes, the Stuart News reports.
SUE YOU: A local building contractor sues the Palm Beach school district, claiming the district is trying to shut him down, the Palm Beach Post reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Middleton High valedictorian Katie Gertz.