Florida education news: School closings, teacher layoffs, high school graduations and more
NOW IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE: Students and faculty at eight closing Pinellas schools prepare for life at new schools next year. Check out some vignettes of how they're handling it at Coachman Fundamental, Kings Highway, Clearview Avenue, Palm Harbor Elementary, Southside Fundamental, Gulf Beaches, Rio Vista and North Ward. (Times photo)
MOVING ON: Wesley Chapel High seniors gain new respect for one another as they see who got awards on their way to graduation. • Mitchell High seniors get one last commencement practice in before the real deal.
LOOKING FOR A LEADER: Hernando needs a new assistant superintendent, and three top contenders are likely prospects to seek the superintendency -- should the job come open, as expected, that is.
RULES ARE RULES: Now that Hillsborough has approved its secular calendar, it needs to hold its employees responsible for following it, columnist Sue Carlton writes.
PULL UP THOSE PANTS: Clay adopts a stricter student dress code, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BUDGET NEWS: The University of North Florida is the latest to increase its costs by 15 percent, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Lee superintendent James Browder says the district has become one of the poorest in the country in socioeconomic standards, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LABOR NEWS: UNF faculty leaders threaten a mass exodus if the university doesn't give raises to the rank and file soon, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Hundreds of Orange teachers may lose their jobs, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Broward's prepares to cut 59 central office jobs, the Miami Herald reports. • UF will lay off 58 as part of its $30 million budget cutting plan, the Gainesville Sun reports.
LOOKING TO STAY LOCAL: Marion redefines the meaning of "local" in its contracting so it can keep its projects closer to home, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
SPEAKER SPAT: Santa Rosa changes its rules on graduation speakers to avoid prayer issues, and seniors aren't happy, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
GOOD JOB: Indian River's board gives its superintendent a strong evaluation, but says he could improve communication, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
AROUND THE NATION: US Education Secretary Duncan says California schools have lost their way, the LA Times reports. • Colleges and universities explore the idea of a three-year degree to save students time and money, the Washington Post reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with new Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association executive director Marshall Ogletree.