Florida education news: School budgets, resource officers, merit pay and more
NO GO: The Pinellas School Board rejects superintendent Julie Janssen's transfer request for an administrator who has created a "culture of fear" in her department.
AWAY FROM KIDS: Hernando removes a special education teacher accused of manhandling students from her classroom, putting her in adult education instead.
WATCH OUT FOR THAT LAST STEP: The Pasco School Board approves a budget with tax rate increases, with its real focus on next year when about $47 million in one-time funds run out.
BUDGET GAP SHRINKS: State economists say Florida's budget shortfall is not as large as once projected, the AP reports.
SCHOLARSHIPS CANCELED: Students at the former Bradenton Prep will lose McKay scholarships from the state because the school failed to follow state rules, the Bradenton Herald reports.
POINT MADE: Lee students get President Obama's school message about the importance of education, this time without any controversy, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
A MATTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY: St. Lucie school and county leaders seek ways to fit the costs of resource officers into the district budget, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
FLORIDA EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: The Indian River school system is looking for a new superintendent, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
PERFORMANCE PAY: Monroe district leaders and teachers rely on federal funds as they work to implement a new pay system, the Keynoter reports.