Florida education news: Hiring freeze, teacher firing, school safety and more
FROZEN: The Pasco school district suspends all new hiring as it seeks solutions to an anticipated $23 million budget shortfall.
JUST A TRICKLE: Hillsborough's new teacher evaluation system leads to the proposed dismissal of three teachers deemed unsatisfactory in two consecutive years.
DEMOTED: A Pasco middle school teacher accused of demeaning his students avoids termination.
THE JOYS OF GARDENING: Master chefs and gardeners teach Gulfside Elementary students about growing and eating their vegetables.
DENIED? A group of Broward parents claims the school district does not provide needed services to their children with special needs, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Some of the parents demand more academic rigor for their children, the Miami Herald reports.
AT WHAT COST? Lee School Board members ponder the $4 million price tag to keep deputies in all their elementary schools, the Naples Daily News reports. • The Flagler School Board agrees to spend $63,000 to keep deputies in the district's five elementary schools through the end of the year, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • St. Johns school officials discuss how to keep schools safe, the St. Augustine Record reports.
NO CHANGE: Two Lee schools that are merging into one will keep their community name, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Indian River School Board eliminates automatic step raises for all employees during a legislative impasse hearing, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
ANGRY: A proposal to redraw some Palm Beach attendance zones has riled up some parents, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Seminole parents keep up the drumbeat against rezoning in their schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
PONY UP: Florida Polytechnic asks lawmakers for $25 million to finish the university's first building, the Ledger reports.
KEEP OUT: The Lake school district considers new rules that would bar students from creating a Gay-Straight Alliance, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
REMOVED: A Santa Rosa principal is relieved of her job over an incident outside of school, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.