Florida education news: School accountability, Twitter, cheerleading and more
NEW ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES: Florida's effort to merge its school grading system with the federal No Child Left Behind standards now applies to all schools with varying results in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando.
FREE AT LAST: USF-St. Petersburg shakes its probationary accreditation status.
NOT A BUS BARN: Pinellas plans to use its closed Coachman Fundamental school as an office building, not a place to park buses.
TWITTER JITTERS: Lee school officials plan to stop their social networking over concerns that the content might be open to the Sunshine Law, yet the district has no way to archive the information, the Naples Daily News reports.
TOUGH TIMES: South Florida teachers prepare to negotiate pay and benefits at a time where money is scarce, the Miami Herald reports.
MORE TRANSPARENCY: The Manatee Community College administration looks to make its actions more clear to the public after a round of complaints over the way it changed the school name, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Speaking of name changes, some FIU students are rallying against plans to name their campus after retiring president Mitch Maidique, the Miami Herald reports.
WE HAD SPIRIT, YES WE DID: FIU kills its cheerleading team not long after axing the marching band, all as part of its budget trimming, the Miami Herald reports.
PLANNING TIME: Indian River rejects a return to early release Wednesdays for teacher preparations, but insists some time for planning needs to be found, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
SUPREME COURT RULINGS: The US Supremes say that schools have no right to strip search students without a clear sense of danger, the NY Times reports. The court also says the federal government should not be interfering with state rules on the teaching of English-language learners, the NY Times reports.