Florida education news: Social media policy, Janssen meeting, gay alliances at schools
FACEBOOK NOW A NO-NO: Pinellas teachers can no longer use social media tools to communicate with students.
IN THE MIDDLE: A Pinellas School Board member isn’t happy with plans to have two facilitators present at a special meeting of the board and superintendent Julie Janssen to talk about Janssen’s performance.
NO CHARGES: Members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity at the University of South Florida won’t be criminally charged in connection with a hazing incident last summer.
GRILLED AT LUNCH: Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos fields some tough questions at the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa, including a query about a controversial book deal with Brevard Community College.
AFTER THREE DECADES, GOODBYE: Longtime Azalea Elementary principal Sue Boyd reflects on a 30-year career with Pinellas schools.
NO BIG DEAL?: An investigation and reprimand of a former Citrus County high school principal comes to light in Orange County, where she was hired this week to run a D-rated Oak Ridge High School, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GAY ALLIANCES: U.S. Department of Education Chairman Arne Duncan tells school administrators that banning gay-straight alliances is a violation of the 1984 Equal Access Act, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Hillsborough schools mentor teacher Barbara Miraglia.