Florida education news: On-the-job training, vouchers, school improvement and more
ON THE JOB TRAINING: Special needs students at Pasco's Marchman Technical Education Center get skills training by working at neighboring Calusa Elementary School. (Times photo, Edward Linsmier)
JUST SAY NO: The Florida Legislature should reject any bills proposing universal vouchers, the Bradenton Herald editorializes.
CHECK THE NUMBERS: Even a cursory look beyond the letter grades that Florida's high schools recently received raises questions about just how much the schools improved, Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo writes.
LABOR NEWS: Manatee teachers are fighting a health insurance premium increase that would cover a deficit in the district's insurance fund, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Seminole school leaders debate whether to give teachers bonuses, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • St. Johns school employees face higher health insurance costs, the St. Augustine Record reports.
WHAT'S NEXT? Collier superintendent Dennis Thompson shows no signs of leaving even as his School Board moves to replace him, the Naples Daily News reports.
BACK TO 'SCOOL': Monroe County workers misspell "school" after road repairs outside a school, the Keynoter reports.
CATCHING UP: Flagler County opens a new academy aimed at helping fourth graders who are falling behind, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
UNDERSTANDING AND LOVE: All Duval high schools adopt Challenge Day to teach students about acceptance, the Florida Times-Union reports.