Florida education news: School turnarounds, teacher evaluations, fund raising and more
TURNING IT AROUND: Pinellas Boca Ciega High is one of three perpetual D schools that faces a major overhaul. (Times file photo)
RAISING FUNDS: Moon Lake Elementary in Pasco becomes one of a growing number of schools serving low-income areas to look to golf to help bring in extra cash.
TEACHER EVALUATIONS: Hillsborough's new teacher evaluation documents are up for adoption, giving teachers a first look at what how they will be rated.
NO MORE PENALTIES: Gibbs High teacher Sharion Thurman faces no more state sanctions over accusations that she stuffed the homecoming queen ballot box in 2006.
BETTER EDUCATION: Florida's move to mandate civics lessons and to increase math and science graduation requirements will help students even if it seems tough, the Tallahassee Democrat editorializes.
A TAXING QUESTION: Brevard school officials ponder with the public over whether to increase local taxes to cover class size needs, Florida Today reports.
DIVERSITY LESSONS: Keeping a school student body mixed is tough more than 50 year after desegregation began, the Miami Herald reports.
FCAT SCORES COMING: The Florida Department of Education finally advises schools when FCAT scores might be released, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NO JOB LOSSES: Martin's superintendent says there's no need for layoffs to balance the district budget, the Stuart News reports.
SUPPORTING HIS HABIT: Manatee schools fire a teacher who was selling district equipment to pay for drugs, the Herald-Tribune reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Melissa Hughes, researcher and author on the topic of summer learning loss.