Florida education news: Principal evaluations, prepaid tuition, school impact fees and more
PRINCIPALS TOO: Florida's pending law to alter teacher contracts and evaluations also brings big changes to school principals. (Times file photo)
TONING IT DOWN: State Sen. Evelyn Lynn softens her comments about ending or suspending Florida's prepaid tuition program. • Program founder Stanley Tate says audits show the program is fiscally sound, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NEW BLOOD: Florida education commissioner Eric J. Smith resigns to give Gov. Rick Scott a chance to choose someone new.
BIG IMPACT: A consultant gives the Pasco School Board support in its effort to stave off an impact fee reduction.
REALLY? Critics question giving former Broward board member Miriam Oliphant a top guidance counselor salary based on work-related experience that barely qualifies as related, writes Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo.
CALLS FOR RESIGNATION: Leaders of Broward's Democratic Black Caucus ask School Board member Ann Murray to resign over her use of racial slurs, the Miami Herald reports.
MAKING CHANGES: The Broward School Board tackles criticisms of its leadership, starting with an evaluation of its superintendent, the Miami Herald reports.
WRONGFUL DISMISSAL? Collier superintendent Dennis Thompson sues his School Board over his firing, the Naples Daily News reports.
FIRST CHOICE: More than 80 percent of applicants receive their top selection in Lee County school choice, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
ENERGY SAVINGS: The Palm Beach school system has saved millions in energy costs, the Palm Beach Post reports.
PREPARED: New kindergarten readiness results indicate that Florida's Voluntary Prekindergarten program is helping children, the Orlando Sentinel reports.