Florida education news: student discipline, teacher tenure, school budget cuts and more
TOSS 'EM: The Pinellas School Board calls for quicker action in handling disruptive students in the wake of a brawl at John Hopkins Middle. The administration and board should move swiftly to handle such problems, the Times editorializes. (Times photo, Melissa Lyttle)
FEEL THE PAIN: Facing a fourth year of budget cuts, Pasco County school officials say they can't protect the classrooms any longer.
WHO GOT IN? With demand up, fewer Pinellas families got their school choices.
COUNTING CLASSES: Hillsborough teachers and leaders worry about how the district will afford to comply with the class-size amendment.
GETTING READY: Florida students and schools are in the final preparations for the next phase of FCAT testing, the Gainesville Sun reports. Some Manatee educators offer some test-taking tips for parents and children, the Bradenton Herald reports.
FIRED: Two Palm Beach teachers will lose their jobs for having sex on campus, the Palm Beach Post reports.
MOVE FASTER: The Broward School Board looks into speeding up its investigations of teachers, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SODA SALES: Northeast Florida school districts could lose lots of money if the government bans soda sales in schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.
WHO'S IN CHARGE? Flagler names assistant superintendent Janet Valentine as its new superintendent, ending its search process quickly, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Meanwhile, the Polk School Board continues to seek public input for its superintendent search, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
COME TO SCHOOL: St. Johns plans to take parents to court for their children's chronic truancy, the St. Augustine Record reports.