Florida education news: Merit pay, black principals, playgrounds and more
GROOMING TALENT: Hillsborough looks to win a $100 million Gates Foundation award to pay for a new merit pay and teacher effectiveness system.
PASCO TEACHERS ASK FOR STEPS: Board members say the teachers deserve more pay, but aren't sure the district can afford the cost.
CHARTER STARTER: State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota agrees to launch a new collegiate charter high school, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PLEASE HELP: Parents at a Collier private school shut down just days before classes were to begin scramble to keep it open, the Naples Daily News reports.
STRIPPED AWAY: Florida Atlantic University wastes no time in removing the name of a donor who didn't come through from the buildings and programs he was supposed to support, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SAVE OUR PLAYGROUND: Families at a Martin elementary school want to keep and fix a playground that has failed many inspections rather than replace it, the Stuart News reports.
SAVING THE SCHOOLS: VP Joe Biden and Ed Secretary Arne Duncan visit an Orlando school, where they tout the results of their stimulus plan, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
A TEST FOR TEACHERS: Many Manatee and Sarasota teachers are adapting to new schools and different grade levels as their districts move them around to save money, the Herald-Tribune reports.
PROMOTING DIVERSITY: Leon schools see an increase in the number of black principals, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
GET TO WORK: FAMU trustees evaluate president James Ammons by giving him a to-do list, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.