Florida education news: Special education, virtual school, 9/11 lessons and more
SPECIAL EDUCATION: Pasco County schools change their special education models as they attempt to provide the same services to students with fewer resources. • Hillsborough's Coleman Middle ends its Best Buddies class but keeps it as a club. • Some Lee parents of children with special needs ask lawmakers to make special education funding a priority this year, the Naples Daily News reports. (Times photo, Stephen Coddington)
NO PUNISHMENT: The Hernando art teacher who punched a student who called her names and bumped her will not be disciplined by the district.
HEALTHY CHOICES: Hernando schools try to provide more nutritious cafeteria lunches without spending too much money.
SHOW HER THE MONEY? The Pinellas School Board should stand firm against ousted superintendent Julie Janssen's money grab, the Times editorializes.
PROTEST TIME: Miami-Dade parents and educators protest the state's cuts to education funding, WSVN-TV reports. • It's time for state lawmakers to begin planning ways to put more money back into the system, the Miami Herald editorializes.
ONLINE LEARNING: Lee schools look to provide computer access to students who must take a virtual course but don't have home computers, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
MORE KIDS: Manatee schools experience record-breaking enrollment, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SUSPENDED: A Duval teacher is suspended for providing end-of-course test answers to students, the Florida Times-Union reports.
FURLOUGH DAYS: Broward schools extend Thanksgiving break to a full week as a cost-savings measure, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
GET REAL: A Monroe School Board member lectures teachers as to the reality of their pay compared to others around the state, the Keynoter reports.
IT'S HISTORY: Alachua teachers change the way they talk about the 9/11 terror attacks as many of their students were in diapers when it happened, the Gainesville Sun reports.