Florida education news: Pinellas attendance zones, teacher dismissal, charter school performance and more
A FEW EXCEPTIONS: Pinellas school district leaders consider letting some but not all out-of-zone students remain at their current schools when they revise attendance boundaries.
SPOOKY: Mitchell High adds a Halloween twist to homecoming events. (Times photo, Michele Miller)
FIGHTING HER FIRING: A Manatee teacher still in her probationary period challenges her dismissal, contending she was fired after having a seizure, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CUT OFF FROM CASH: The Miami-Dade district ends financial support of two charter schools, the Miami Herald reports.
VIRTUAL QUESTIONS: A new study raises concerns about states like Florida diving headfirst into online education without any data to prove its value, the News Service of Florida reports.
MORE TURMOIL: Edison State College trustees fire one vice president and threaten another, while also talking of pushing for the president's resignation, the Naples Daily News reports.
PERFORMANCE STANDARDS: Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson says local school boards should decide whether to consider past performance in reviewing new charter school applications, the Florida Times-Union reports.
CLOSING DOWN: The Orange School Board votes to shutter a tiny downtown Orlando elementary school and merge its students into two other schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Volusia teachers rally for higher pay, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Polk noninstructional employees learn they'll have to pay higher insurance premiums and they won't get a raise, the Lakeland Ledger reports. • Bay school support employees lose three paid holidays in their newly approved contract, the Panama City News-Herald reports.
UNCOMFORTABLE CAMPUS FEELING: Santa Fe College students create a task force to deal with bands of students making sexually harassing comments to others, the Gainesville Sun reports.