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Florida education news: Hiring freeze, teacher firing, school safety and more



imgres.jpegFROZEN: 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.

SHARED SPACE: A Florida lawmaker proposes that charter schools be able to occupy unused public schools for free, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from Redefined.

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.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 6:22am]


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