Florida education news: School uniforms, merit pay, resource officers and more
FOR THE LOVE OF KHAKI: Pinellas School Board members indicate support for mandatory student uniforms in grades K-8. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)
TIME TO GO: Lacoochee Elementary School principal Karen Marler is permanently removed from the post after a two-week investigation into staff complaints about her leadership.
SEEKING FLEXIBILITY: The Hillsborough School Board backs Amendment 8 to relax class size rules.
EARN IT: The Hernando School Board moves to end sibling preferences in county magnet school admissions.
BLUE RIBBON: St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School in Clearwater gains the national Blue Ribbon honor.
TENSE TIMES: Keiser University's lawsuit against the Florida State College at Jacksonville president highlights tensions between for-profit schools and public ones, the Florida Times-Union reports.
DOWNFALL: Broward School Board member Stephanie Kraft is removed from office after her arrest on several public corruption charges, the Miami Herald reports.
'PART OF THE PROCESS': The Collier teachers union president seeks to play a role in any district move toward performance pay, the Naples Daily News reports.
SHOW SOME PRIDE: The Florida Gulf Coast University student government offers to trade FGCU t-shirts to any students seen wearing another school's shirt on campus, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
GET READING: Duval superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals sets improved reading achievement as his top priority for the year, the Florida Times-Union reports.
LABOR NEWS: Martin school teachers with more than 10 years experience will get a raise, the Stuart News reports.
SAFE SCHOOLS: The Indian River school district reaches a deal to keep resource officers at its high schools and middle schools, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports. • St. Lucie elementary schools lose their resource officers because of budget cuts, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
NO MORE IMPACT FEES? The Sarasota School Board agrees to a moratorium on school impact fees, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BRAILLE LIBRARY: A blind Escambia student donates about 150 books in Braille to the district to start a library for other blind students, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.