Florida education news: School volunteers, accountability, charter school closures and more
HELPING HAND: Dozens of volunteers help Richey Elementary teachers prepare their classrooms in their brand new school. (Times photo, Douglas Clifford)
RENEWED: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia earns a contract extension while receiving generally strong evaluations by School Board members.
SECOND CHANCE: Pasco science teacher Laurie Bailey-Cutkomp won't lose her job over accusations that she punished students by making them wear an Elizabethan collar for dogs.
ARRESTED AGAIN: Former Pasco teacher Maryann Verdi, awaiting trial for allegedly having sex with a student, is arrested on charges of witness tampering.
HOPE: Florida School Boards Association president Joie Cadle says Florida needs education accountability without turmoil in a Q&A with the Orlando Sentinel.
FOLLOW FLORIDA: Former governor Jeb Bush urges Mississippi leaders to adopt some of Florida's public education model, the AP reports.
BIAS? North Florida school district leaders deny discriminating against minority students in the face of a complaint that they discipline black student disproportionately, the Panama City News Herald reports.
BRACE FOR IT: Seminole district officials will begin planning a major rezoning of all their school attendance zones, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
MORE MONEY: Lee considers paying bonuses of up to $10,000 to principals who turn around struggling schools, the Naples Daily News reports.
COMPROMISE: Lee officials reach an agreement allowing one of two alternative charter schools to remain open despite being found to award diplomas to undeserving students, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NO ACTION: The Florida Department of Education won't discipline a Manatee teacher accused of making derogatory comments about a student on Facebook, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PUNISHED: A University of Central Florida student is disciplined over his creation of a website that helped students know when openings came up in classes they wante to take, the Orlando Sentinel reports.