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Florida education news: Pinellas teacher of the year, student drug testing, teacher evaluations and more



naystaley022711b_164335c.jpegTOP TEACHER: Tracy Staley of Ponce de Leon Elementary School is Pinellas County's 2011 Outstanding Educator. (Times file photo)

NEW EVALUATIONS: Pasco County school district officials begin discussions on how a new teacher and principal evaluation system might look.

REJECTED: Imagine School at Land O'Lakes loses a bid to expand.

COMMON GROUND: President Barack Obama will join former Florida governor Jeb Bush to tout education reform in Miami.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Land O'Lakes High presents Evening of Literacy Through the ArtsChasco Elementary students see if they measure up at Math Olympics 

BRIGHT FUTURES CUTS? Florida lawmakers will consider reductions to the popular Bright Futures scholarship program, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

NO MORE TESTING: Drug testing, that is. The Marion School Board plans to cut its student drug testing program to save money, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

NOT FRIENDS: The Alachua school district ponders rules limiting employee contact with students on social media, the Gainesville Sun reports.

UNHAPPY: Many Florida teachers remain opposed to bills that would change their contracts, evaluations and pay, the Crestview News Bulletin reports.

NOT ALL BAD: Broward business leaders praise their School Board for a job well done, despite grand jury criticism, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Still, the criticism made board members cautious to act on new contracts, the Miami Herald reports.

LABOR NEWS: Palm Beach teachers union president Robert Dow faces a reelection challenge, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from the Palm Beach Post.

EXTRA OVERSIGHT: The Duval school district names a board to help keep plans on track for improving four struggling schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.

BUDGET CUTTING: The Indian River School Board considers hiring an in-town lawyer to save on travel expenses, the Vero Beach News-Journal reports. • Polk school officials look for ways to save on health care benefits, the Lakeland Ledger reports. • The Flagler School Board plans to ask voters to  renew a local sales tax for education, the  Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • St. Johns district leaders await more budget direction from lawmakers, the St. Augustine Record reports. 


[Last modified: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 6:08am]


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