Florida education news: John Hopkins Middle School, teacher 'tenure,' field trips and more
ACADEMICS AGAIN: After a year of chaos, John Hopkins Middle School in Pinellas has become a more disciplined campus again. Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with principal Barry Brown. (Times file photo)
EDUCATION FUNDING: Florida Senate president Mike Haridopolos says the state spends more than half its general revenue on public education. Politifact Florida says he's right.
ENDING 'TENURE': Florida is not alone in looking into ways to change employment conditions for teachers, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
FUND IT: Florida's Legislature needs to put up the money to allow for full class size compliance, the Lakeland Ledger editorializes.
LABOR NEWS: The Manatee teachers union declares impasse in contract negotiations, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Monroe teachers accept new three-year contracts with performance pay standards, the Keynoter reports.
ANGRY PARENTS: Broward parents want more information when their children's schools go on lockdown, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NO TRAVEL: Lee schools cut back on field trips, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
HOW SAFE? Collier and Lee school board officials examine their security measures in the wake of recent violence against elected officials, the Naples Daily News reports.
CLOSING DOWN: Escambia officials plan to close an elementary school because of low enrollment, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Alachua school leaders question why their district lags behind others in saving money by cutting energy consumption, the Gainesville Sun reports.