Florida education news: School bullying, school board pay, summer school and more
DEFENDING HIMSELF? The Carwise Middle School student accused of stabbing a resource officer brought a knife to school because he was being bullied, his family says. (Photo courtesy of Chris Mathews)
A LITTLE HELP: The Hernando County Education Foundation helps the school district meet student and teacher needs.
HOW'D WE DO? Some Hernando school choruses get evaluations from outside professionals to get some perspective on how they compare with others.
PUT KIDS BEFORE ROADS: The Pasco County Commission needs to set better priorities and not cut school impact fees, the Times editorializes.
LABOR NEWS: The Manatee school district declares impasse in contract talks with noninstructional employees, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Some Palm Beach teachers balk at a proposal to pay them a set amount to teach an extra class, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NO CONFIDENCE: Two top Edison State College administrators offer to take pay cuts after faculty members vote no confidence in them, the Naples Daily News reports.
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: Lee narrows its list of superintendent candidates, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
ONLY THE RICH: Duval School Board members say a proposal to cut board pay would effectively eliminate the middle class from serving, the Florida Times-Union reports.
LEERY: The Palm Beach School Board is wary of joining a lawsuit seeking damages from the BP oil spill, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Several districts are in talks with the lawyers about the suit, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GETTING READY: A Marion elementary school uses science games at lunch as one of many ways to prepare students for the FCAT, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
MORE IMPORTANT MATTERS: The Florida Legislature shouldn't be concerning itself with school prayer and droopy pants while facing more critical education issues, Pensacola News-Journal columnist Reginald Dogan writes.
SUMMER SCHOOL: Florida lawmakers consider requiring a semester of summer courses for all state university undergraduates, the Gainesville Sun reports.