Florida education news: Robots, days off, teacher misconduct and more
RIVETED BY ROBOTS: Pinellas middle school students learn math as they build robots in summer camp. (St. Petersburg Times photo by Cherie Diez.)
OOPS! ABOUT THAT TIME OFF: An arbitrator says USF did not have the authority last year to force unionized faculty members to take annual leave, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
BAD APPLES: More than 300 Brevard Public Schools employees were warned, reprimanded, suspended or fired last year, according to Florida Today. Meanwhile, a former Brevard teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a student will be sentenced tomorrow.
NO COMMENT: Broward School Board members say it’s too soon to comment about an auditor’s findings that contractors ripped off the district, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
MILLAGE UP, TAXES DOWN: The St. Johns County School Board considers hiking the property tax rate to keep pace with growth, the St. Augustine Record reports.
TACKLING ALCOHOL: UF President Bernie Machen is pushing Jacksonville to curb the boozing at the Jacksonville Landing during the Florida-Georgia game, the Gainesville Sun reports.
FAMU STUDENT KILLED: The 21-year-old died yesterday after being shot at a party in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood, the FAMUAN reports.
SWINE FLU: The number of cases at UCF climbs to 10, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
UNDER SCRUTINY: New Palm Beach Atlantic University President Lu Hardin is being investigated for allegedly improper management decisions – at his former school in Arkansas, the Palm Beach Post reports.
INTERRACIAL ROOMATES: Studies show that having a college roommate of a different race can reduce prejudice and even improve black students’ academic performance, but such relationships can also be more stressful, the New York Times reports.