Florida education news: School security, teacher pensions, ESE training and more
BUZZ ME IN: Pinellas district officials consider adding locks and buzzers to some schools as a safety measure. • Hernando schools remove added officers but consider other security ideas. • All Duval principals get two-way radios for emergencies, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Palm Beach schools will spend $400,000 to add officers this year, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Marion schools would need $11.3 million to make the security upgrades leaders seek, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Escambia's superintendent calls for armed marshals at elementary schools, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. (Photo from Kewanee, Ill., Star-Courier)
KEEP PAYING: The Florida Supreme Court finds constitutional the state's pension laws requiring teachers and other employees to pay into their funds. • Florida Education Association president Andy Ford says he sees no further recourse in the union's case, State Impact Florida reports.
FUND IT: The Hillsborough School Board needs to put money into training and salaries for special education employees as it aims to improve the program, the Times editorializes.
INAUGURATION BOUND: Land O'Lakes High student Kiran Sharma heads to D.C. to watch Barack Obama get sworn in.
EQUAL ACCESS: Atheists and secular humanists ask to hand out materials in Orange County schools after a Christian group is allowed to distribute Bibles to students in 11 high schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
REJECTED: The Clay School Board turns down a charter school application for failing to meet state standards, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TAX PLAN: Miami-Dade officials unveil a timeline for how the district will spend its bond for school improvements, the Miami Herald reports.
INUNDATED: St. Lucie parents barrage School Board members with questions and concerns about a proposed list of budget cuts, the St. Lucie Tribune reports.
ACCUSED: Two female officers have accused the chief of the Miami-Dade school police of sexual harassment, the Miami Herald reports.
QUALITY REQUIRES MONEY: The Florida Board of Governors chairman calls for added funding for the state's universities, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • The board launches a performance funding program at four universities, the Gainesville Sun reports.