Florida education news: Special education, UF president, career academies and more
IN SEARCH OF EXPERTISE: The Hillsborough school district wants someone with training in special education to be its next director of exceptional student education. • School Board chairwoman April Griffin also proposes creation of an independent auditor to review district finances.
IN-SCHOOL TRAINING: Pasco County leaders investigate the creation of a career academy magnet school.
ACCUSATIONS: A Pinellas teacher who has resigned amid child pornography charges had faced complaints of inappropriate dealings with students in the past.
TURNAROUND? South Florida teachers and other public employees see their first raises in years, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CREAKY: Broward schools struggle to keep up with maintenance needs, the Miami Herald reports.
SECURITY: Collier and Lee district officials explore adding full-time police presence to their elementary schools, the Naples Daily News reports. • Lee schools also plan to add other safety measures, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
HEADING OUT: St. Lucie superintendent Michael Lannon announces his retirement in June, the St. Lucie Tribune reports.
STICKING AROUND: UF president Bernie Machen rescinds his retirement at the request of Gov. Rick Scott, the Gainesville Sun reports.
HALF DONE: The Citrus School Board rejects new attendance boundaries for elementary schools but approves them for high schools, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
TAX US! Brevard parents urge the School Board to call a special referendum to raise taxes that would eliminate the need to close four schools, Florida Today reports.
WASTED: A draft audit finds the Palm Beach school district missed more than $100,000 in savings in its cell phone expenses, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Polk school district freezes hiring as it seeks to eliminate 190 teaching positions, the Ledger reports.
SUSPENDED: A dean delays publication of the FAMU student newspaper to ensure students get proper journalism training after a libel lawsuit, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.