Florida education news: School politics, USF donation, virtual charter schools and more
POLITICS: Dunedin High stops promoting volunteer opportunities with Organizing for America, a Democrat group, after a parent complains about partisanship. The Pasco School Board investigates how speakers from the same group got into some high schools to espouse support for President Obama.
EDUCATORS ONLY: The Hernando School Board says it will consider only educators for its coming superintendent vacancy.
DONATION: The Patel family gives USF $12 million to expand the school of global sustainability.
REJECTED: The Pasco School Board turns down a controversial virtual charter school application. • Orange district leaders remain skeptical about an application for a charter by the same group, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SHAKEUP: Florida State College at Jacksonville trustees suspend four middle managers and eliminate a vice president job amid problems in the financial aid department, the Florida Times-Union reports.
EXTENSION: The Sarasota School Board waives its new home impact fees for another two years, the Herald-Tribune reports.
LABOR NEWS: The race for Broward Teachers Union president heads to a runoff, the Miami Herald reports. • St. Lucie teachers and district officials can't agree on much during contract talks, the St. Lucie Tribune reports. • Bay teacher contract negotiations snag on financial issues, the Panama City News Herald reports.
STILL FIRED: The Broward School Board refuses to intervene in the dismissal of a popular high school cheer coach, the Miami Herald reports.
ACCUSATIONS: Candidates for a Lee School Board seat go negative, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TRANSFORMATION: A Polk middle school looks to sports to generate school spirit in its effort toward overall improvement, the Ledger reports.
MORE TIME: Alachua approves a charter school with a (nearly) year-round calendar, the Gainesville Sun reports.