Florida education news: School improvement, teacher pay, cell phones and more
LONG HAUL: Teachers at F-rated Gulf Highlands Elementary in Pasco County say their school will earn an A, but there's much work ahead to get there.
NEW MAN IN CHARGE: The Pinellas School Board hires an interim superintendent after sparring over process.
GOING DOWN: Florida average teacher pay has declined more than $1,000 over the past four years, the News Service of Florida reports.
LOOK MA. NO BOOKS: Bok Academy in Polk County is the latest to begin replacing books with digital readers, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
LABOR NEWS: Edison State College offers 2 percent raises, but the faculty union holds out for more, the Naples Daily News reports. • Polk teachers and the district reach an agreement on health insurance after 15 months, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
FIVE TO A SEAT? Palm Beach schools must deal with about 5,000 added unexpected bus riders, the Palm Beach Post reports.
KATRINA'S AFTERMATH? Santa Rosa elementary schools see an unanticipated spike in kindergartners, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
CRACKDOWN: Palm Beach schools get tough on inappropriate internet and cell phone use, the Sun-Sentinel reports.