Florida education news: locker room supervision, school uniforms, antibullying efforts and more
NO AGREEMENT: Most Florida local teachers unions refuse to join in the state's Race to the Top application as the deadline passes. Some districts also opted out, including Lee (Cape Coral Daily Breeze), Seminole (Orlando Sentinel), Polk (Lakeland Ledger) and Broward (Miami Herald).
STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES: The Hernando School Board grills candidates for superintendent during 75-minute interviews.
RED FLAGS: The Florida Legislature takes a long look at concerns with the Pinellas school district's annual audit.
STICKING WITH THE PROGRAM: Pasco officials say the benefits of participating in the interruptible energy service program outweigh the costs. • Marion's superintendent, meanwhile, is seeking to get his district out of the program, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
SUPERVISION REQUIRED: State Sen. Ronda Storms proposes making it illegal to have students in a school locker room without supervision.
THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE: Lacoochee Elementary offers Spanish-speaking parents lessons in conversational English.
STOP BULLYING NOW: Polk schools launch a major antibullying initiative, the Winter Haven News Chief reports.
WHAT TO WEAR? Manatee looks into setting a districtwide uniform policy, the Bradenton Herald reports.
INVESTIGATION ONGOING: Federal officials are investigating accusations that a Lee principal forced out low-performing students, the Naples Daily News reports.
NEW NAME: Call it Palm Beach State College now, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LABOR NEWS: The University of Florida has finally reached a contract deal with its faculty, the Gainesville Sun reports.