Florida education news: magnet schools, student discipline, prekindergarten and more
TOP TEACHERS: Edward LaRose (shown) is Hernando's teacher of the year. He's now in the running for the state honor along with Sean Gaudet, Pasco's teacher of the year. (Times photo, Maurice Rivenbark)
NOT THE TOP TEACHERS: Former Hillsborough principal Anthony Giancola is arrested for loitering and prowling. • A Hernando teacher and coach is suspended pending an ethics investigation. • A former Pinellas middle school teacher gets probation for sexting with a student.
WHO GETS IN? Hernando convenes a committee to design a magnet school admission policy.
DEALING WITH TROUBLEMAKERS: Pasco School Board members raise concerns about the district's expulsion and alternative school options.
TOP OF THE CLASS: New science lab at Mary Giella Elementary brings lessons to life
COMMON SENSE: Florida GOP lawmakers announce an effort to give the class-size amendment more flexibility, the Herald-Tribune reports. That's a sensible solution, the St. Petersburg Times editorializes.
READY: Collier gets a new School Board member appointed by the governor; Roy Terry says he's itching to get moving, the Naples Daily News reports.
OMG, KIDS TEXT AT SCHOOL: Lee educators find student texting pervasive and disruptive, even with a ban on phones in school, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
IS THIS THING ON? Edison State College hopes to save money by interviewing its president finalists via Web cam, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
PRE-K PROBLEMS AHEAD? Florida's voluntary prekindergarten program faces a budget shortfall that could hamper services, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
JUST DECIDE ALREADY: Okaloosa will give parents another chance to vote on next year's school calendar after a first ballot returned no clear answer, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
LABOR NEWS: Polk teachers reach a tentative deal for a 1.9 percent raise, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
TOO LONG? Monroe election officials question whether Gov. Charlie Crist appointed schools superintendent Joseph Burke for too long a term, the Keynoter reports.