Florida education news: Magnet schools, prepaid tuition, double dipping and more
JOB SHARING: Lauren Piper and Heather Velez of Deer Park Elementary in Hillsborough are among a growing number of teachers sharing a position so they can balance work and family responsibilities. (Times photo, Edmund D. Fountain)
WE ARE FAMILY: Hernando parents who send their kids to magnet schools are worried that new district policies would split their children among different schools.
GARDENING: DeSoto Elementary in Tampa gets what it hopes will be the first of many gardens, this one for students to read in.
NOT A FIRING OFFENSE: Hernando health teacher Michael Provost doesn't deserve to lose his job over his recreational use of marijuana outside school, the Times editorializes.
LOCK IT IN: Many Florida financial planners recommend joining the state's Prepaid College tuition program to secure today's tuition rate for years down the road, the Miami Herald reports. But be prepared to see higher prices than in the past, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CENSURE-SHIP: The Lee School Board plans to censure one of its members, saying he has violated his oath of office. Member Bob Chilmonik shrugs off the criticism, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
DOUBLE DIPPERS: A retired Manatee principal is to return to the district as a human resources officer, just weeks after leaving his school, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Broward plans to rehire a recently retired deputy superintendent to her same post, but at lower pay, the Miami Herald reports.
PAINS OF CHANGE: Lee teachers and students are trying to get used to block scheduling, which was implemented to save money, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
WHO'S YOUR FACEBOOK FRIEND? Brevard principals increasingly warn teachers to be careful when they're online, Florida Today reports.
CAREER ACADEMIES: Santa Rosa and Escambia high schools pick up the pace in offering a variety of career-focused programs, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
AROUND THE NATION: Experts question whether spending stimulus money on university research labs will really stimulate the economy, the NY Times reports. • Hundreds of people spend an 18-hour hearing complaining about the firing of hundreds of D.C. teachers, the Washington Post reports. • San Diego's superintendent preaches the gospel of value-added teacher evaluations, the LA Times reports.