Florida education news: School reform, iPads, grades for parents and more
COME TOGETHER: Florida superintendents and teacher union leaders gather in Hillsborough County to talk about school reform.
BE CREATIVE: Hillsborough district leaders, teachers and parents need to find a way to make planning time work for everyone, columnist Marlene Sokol writes. (Times photo, Stephen J. Coddington)
'I WANT ... AN IPAD': Pasco School Board members will trade their Macbook laptops for brand new iPads.
GRADE ME: Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo writes that he has no problems with a legislative proposal to have teachers grade parents. Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas offers a more tongue-in-cheek (we think) view of the legislation.
MOM BLAMES SCHOOL: A Collier mom facing jail time for allowing her son to miss too much school says it's everyone else's fault, the Naples Daily News reports.
CANCELED: The Lee school district cancels its summer dual enrollment program because it can't afford the books, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NEVER TOO SOON: Some Manatee elementary schools begin teaching children engineering basics, the Herald-Tribune reports.
EVEN WORSE: Manatee's school budget advisory committee prepares to cut spending again as funding sources dry up, the Bradenton Heraldreports.
CHECKING IT OUT: The Palm Beach School Board hires a firm to look into whether its superintendent violated policies in dealing with a former top official, the Palm Beach Post reports.