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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: Merit pay, school funding, commissioner bashing and more



merit-pay-nctq-carrot.jpegUNHAPPY TEACHERS: The Pinellas school district proposes a performance pay plan that would rate some teachers based on their school's state grade. (Image from

UNHAPPY PARENTS: Safety Harbor Middle parents express their dismay at a proposal to shift students in and out of their school.

WHEN'S VACATION? Hernando school officials begin working on their 2011-12 calendar.

TAX CUTS: Gov. Rick Scott talks about his plans to eliminate property taxes yet keep education funding stable.

'UNTRUSTWORTHY AND UNRELIABLE': Duval school and community leaders blast Florida's education commissioner over his dealings with the district's plans to improve struggling schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.

FEELING BASHED: Many Florida teachers say they're insulted by the state's effort to change their terms of employment, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

BAD TIMING: Some Palm Beach parents suggest that the School Board should not be considering whether to fire the superintendent at this particular moment, the Palm Beach Post reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel.

GRIM PICTURE: Manatee schools superintendent Tim McGonegal outlines his district's tough financial position for local leaders, the Bradenton Herald reports.

FRAUD CHARGES: A University of Florida professor is arrested on accusations that he used university money to pay for private trips, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Friday, February 4, 2011 6:01am]


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