Florida education news: School Board pay, teacher pay, student exams and more
BEAUTIFUL MUSIC: John Hopkins Middle School's orchestra earns the highest ratings under the direction of its new, young conductor. See, not everything is bad at the magnet school. (Times photo, Melissa Lyttle)
IT TAKES A VILLAGE: Suspensions are down in Pinellas County schools, but some — mostly in high crime areas of St. Petersburg, still struggle. • John Hopkins Middle School in St. Petersburg cannot find lasting solutions to its discipline problems without community participation, columnist Bill Maxwell writes.
PAY UP: Hillsborough School Board member Jennifer Faliero vows to fight efforts in the Florida Legislature to cut school board members' pay.
SUPERINTENDENT IN THE HOUSE: New Hernando schools leader Bryan Blavatt picks a home in the center of the county, but will stay in a hotel until he can close the deal.
RALLY IN TALLY: Brevard parents prepare to protest at the state Capitol for more school funds, Florida Today reports. • Lawmakers talk about cutting some education programs while supporting others, the Florida Times-Union reports.
OPPOSITION MOUNTS: A St. Johns School Board member raises concerns about the teacher quality-merit pay bill moving through the Florida Legislature, the Ponte Vedra Recorder reports.
ONE MORE TEST: Students at a handful of Volusia and Flagler high schools will pilot the state's new algebra end-of-course exam this spring, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
'CORPORATE WELFARE': Complaints roll in that the federal stimulus package benefits private for-profit universities at the expense of retaining workers for the economy, the Herald-Tribune reports.
NO HEARING: The Florida Supreme Court won't consider overturning a lower court ruling that the Manatee school district improperly fired a teacher, the Herald-Tribune reports. More from the Bradenton Herald.
LABOR NEWS: The Florida Gulf Coast University faculty declares impasse in contract negotiations, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SPENDING FREEZE: Marion schools put a halt to spending without specific approval, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
LET SOMEONE ELSE DO IT: Escambia school officials look into contracting out alternative education services, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
FOUR DAYS A WEEK: St. Johns schools will move to a four-day week for the summer, the St. Augustine Record reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about merit pay and teacher tenure with second-year teacher Terry Mascolino.