Florida education news: Student grades, school nurses, teacher contracts and more
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM SPARED: Hillsborough commissioners vote not to eliminate an after-school program in the parks, although families that use it will have to pay more. (Times file photo)
ARE THEY FOLLOWING THE RULES? Hernando board chair Dianne Bonfield wants to know if administrators are adhering to the board's grading rules.
GIVE FAMILIES WHAT THEY WANT: Unless it doesn't make any sense. That's Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen's message as she backs expansion of fundamental schools, but not the class size amendment.
WHY SO QUIET? Hillsborough will examine the student culture that kept Walker Middle School students silent even after they witnessed a fellow student being raped on campus.
FEWER NURSES: Broward cuts back on school nurses even as the threat of swine flu looms, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
WE NEED STRONG PUBLIC SCHOOLS: They're more important than ever, the Florida Times-Union editorializes.
GETTING ORGANIZED: The group intent on saving Manatee's Duette Elementary — Florida's last one-room school — now calls itself the Duette Education Foundation and gets cranking on it mission, the Bradenton Herald reports.
TOO BAD FOR YOU: A Collier private school abruptly closes two weeks before the first day of classes, the Naples Daily News reports.
GETTING PARENTS INVOLVED: Martin launches a new program aimed at Spanish-speaking parents, the Stuart News reports.
LABOR NEWS: Hillsborough teachers ratify a new contract. • Palm Beach employees protest plans to switch health insurance providers, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Central Florida teachers urge their districts to use stimulus funds to give them raises, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Santa Rosa hires itsfewest new teachers in a decade, the Pensacola News Journal reports.