Florida education news: Student safety, performance pay, sick leave and more
STRANGER DANGER: The abduction of a Jacksonville girl while walking to elementary school reinforces the importance of Tampa-area schools teaching children how to be safe from people they don't know. (AP photo)
OUTBREAK: A Hillsborough charter school closes for two days because so many students have swine flu.
COOL: Hillsborough begins installing new high-tech air conditioning systems that should save thousands in energy costs.
CHANGE TEACHER PAY: Pinellas schools should adopt differential and performance pay to make sure the right teachers are in the right classrooms, the Times editorializes.
WHO'S IN CHARGE? Palm Beach parents and teachers are upset with academic changes there, but it appears even the School Board can't help as the superintendent holds control of proposing policy, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Superintendent Art Johnson has yet to reveal his intentions, the Palm Beach Post reports.
WHISTLEBLOWER: A Lee resident complains that the school district refuses to audit its school supply purchases, which he claims could turn up systematic overcharging by Office Depot, the Naples Daily News reports.
NO RECORDS: Brevard board members question a three-year-old financial move that cost the district health plan millions, and no one can find the records to prove whether the board approved the change, Florida Today reports.
WHAT DID YOU SAY? Seminole plans to build a new school next to the Sanford International Airport, discounting FAA noise warnings, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
WASH YOUR HANDS: Some Sarasota third graders determine that hand washing beats hand sanitizer when trying to kill flu germs, the Herald-Tribune reports.
NEVER MIND: UF leaders decide against cutting employee sick leave payouts, saying they will look for other ways to improve revenue, the Gainesville Sun reports.