Florida education news: School vouchers, longer school days, single-gender classrooms and more
EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNTS (aka VOUCHERS?): Gov.-elect Rick Scott shakes up the education establishment with talk of creating education savings accounts for all Florida school students. With Q&A on the next steps. (AP photo)
LET STUDENTS HELP: A new Gates Foundation study suggests student input can make a difference in teacher evaluations, which Hillsborough schools might consider.
STUDENT SHUFFLE: Hernando district leaders prepare to move about 2,000 students as they rezone for a new K-8 school.
PAY ME, PART I: A former Wiregrass Ranch High swim coach threatens to sue for reimbursement of $754 she spent on hoodies.
A LITTLE ATTABOY: Florida students deserve praise for making progress on NAEP, the Nation's Report Card, the Times editorializes.
CLASS SIZE FINGER POINTING: The Okaloosa teachers union accuses district officials of intentionally violating the state's class size amendment, the Destin Log reports.
REFORM TIME: Florida lawmakers are considering legislation to lengthen the public school class day, the St. Augustine Record reports. • They're also contemplating several other moves to change the state's education structure, Florida Today reports.
GRADE INFLATION: Doubts emerge about the value of Florida's new high school grades that showed major improvements, the Herald-Tribune reports.
PAY ME, PART II: Ousted Collier superintendent Dennis Thompson demands salary and benefits through mid-2012, the Naples Daily News reports.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS: Florida schools increase their expectations of students with disabilities, the Florida Times-Union reports.
YOU CAN'T SAY THAT HERE: A Broward teacher is fired for saying the N-word and other profanities in front of students, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MAKING GAINS: A Polk school sees strong academic improvements in its single-gender classrooms, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
BLOCK TUITION: The University of Florida approves a plan for flat-rate tuition beginning in 2012, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Hillsborough schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia.