Florida education news: Response to Intervention, school funding, student cheating and more
CAUGHT BEING GOOD: Mittye P. Locke Elementary School in Pasco reinforces positive behavior to decrease discipline problems and improve academic performance. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
FINDING WHAT WORKS: Woodlawn Elementary in Pinellas mines data to determine student academic needs and change teaching accordingly as part of a pilot Response to Intervention project.
PLANNING TO ATTEND? Absenteeism rises when Hillsborough schools have their Wednesday half-days for teacher planning.
GETTING BETTER: Parents and community members say D-rated Middleton High in Tampa is improving.
BUILDING BOOM: The University of South Florida is adding 475,000 square feet to the main campus.
WHAT'S ON TAP? Education will be one of the key issues debated in the Florida legislative session that begins Tuesday, the Lakeland Ledger reports. More from the Miami Herald.
GET IT NOW? The Herald-Tribune editorials editor tries to explain Florida's education funding system as Sarasota looks for a local-option tax for schools.
LABOR NEWS: Polk's non-instructional school staff wants raises just like teachers got, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
WHO SHOULD PAY? A Monroe schools employee bills the district for car problems caused by a rat that jumped on board at the administration building, the Keynoter reports.
DON'T CHEAT: The University of Florida explores ways to deal with a rise in student cheating, the Gainesville Sun reports. School records show that cheating rarely results in expulsion, the Sun reports.