Florida education news: School security, teacher evaluations, arts education and more
NOT A CHANCE: Pinellas sheriff Bob Gualtieri says he has no intention of assigning deputies to county elementary schools, explaining it won't accomplish anything. • Hillsborough School Board members reject superintendent MaryEllen Elia's security proposals. • Superintendents tell state lawmakers they need more money to implement new safety measures. (Times photo, Daniel Wallace)
FAILED: Hillsborough School Board chairwoman April Griffin loses her effort to create an independent auditor for the district. • The board also took action against several Rodgers Middle employees implicated in the death of a student.
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: The Pinellas School Board makes some changes to the district's teacher evaluation system, with members saying even more drastic alterations are necessary.
WATER ON WHEELS: Crystal Springs in Pasco County launches a mobile learning lab to teach students about the Florida aquifer.
ARTS EDUCATION: Duval superintendent Nikolai Vitti tells parents he wants to bring arts back to their schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.
WHO KNEW WHAT, AND WHEN? An audit of Manatee district finances raises questions about whether problems were covered up until after School Board elections could take place, the Herald-Tribune reports.
COMBAT PAY: Miami-Dade leaders consider offering higher salaries to principals who take on "fragile" schools, the Miami Herald reports.
'PAJAMA TAX': Florida Gulf Coast University looks into charging an added fee for online courses, the Naples Daily News reports.
NARROWED: A selection committee winnows down its choices for Manatee schools superintendent, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NICE THOUGHT, BUT: Florida law won't allow private donors to fund a special tax election for the Brevard school district, Florida Today reports.