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Florida education news: School prayer, teacher merit pay, school advertising and more



featimagesyatp-610x406.jpegIN DEFENSE OF INDEPENDENCE: USF Polytechnic leaders say concerns about the school's proposal to go solo are misguided.

NEW CHALLENGES: The new principal of Gibbs High comes with glowing recommendations to a job that's not easy. 

STOP THAT PRAYING: The Clay school district attorney advises that prayers around the flagpole on school grounds violate the Constitution, the Florida Times-Union reports. (Milton High School photo)

MORE MONEY: Flagler school officials consider selling ads on school property, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Orange schools look to get more private donations, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SCHOOL THREATENED: Okaloosa district leaders worry that two new charter schools could siphon too many students away from an already small elementary school, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

HOW AM I DOING? Marion schools give students online access to their grades, attendance and other information, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

DO NO HARM: Northeast Florida school districts ask lawmakers to give them more flexibility and fewer mandates, the Florida Times-Union reports.

PERFORMANCE PAY: Florida school districts strive to implement merit pay programs using new evaluations despite concerns by many, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. It can be difficult to evaluate an art teacher, the News-Press reports. • A group of Los Angeles parents plans to sue their school district to force the connection of teacher pay to student performance, the LA Times reports.

OUTTA HERE: Two Edison State College deans at the heart of a grade swapping scandal leave the school, the Naples Daily News reports.

REASSIGNED: Sarasota superintendent Lori White demotes the principal of Booker Middle School, saying he wasn't getting the job done, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SHAKE IT UP: Broward's new superintendent makes changes at the top of his administration, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

LABOR NEWS: The University of Florida offers faculty raises but also proposes to take away all unused sick leave payouts, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:17am]


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