Florida education news: Teacher contracts, school impact fees, end of course exams and more
ON THE FLOOR: A bill to change teachers' terms of employment hits the full Florida Senate today. Here's a brief rundown of what's in the bill. • It's expected to sail through the Legislature, the Miami Herald reports. • Protests continued Tuesday, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Many teachers feel they're being targeted, the St. Augustine Record reports. • More from the NY Times. (Times photo, Douglas Clifford)
IN PINELLAS: Pinellas schools superintendent Julie Janssen tries to put an expected $60 million spending cut into perspective. Also in Pinellas, Janssen proposes two new fundamental schools, and parents raise concerns about discipline at Pinellas Park Middle.
ANOTHER VOICE: The Hernando School Board will add a student representative to its ranks.
TENSION: A push to slash Pasco County's education impact fees pits school employees vs. construction workers.
CELL TOWERS: The Hillsborough School Board debates the pros and cons of allowing cell phone towers on school campuses.
CALENDAR CHANGES: New state end-of-course exams prompt Brevard schools to set a later starting date for 2011-12 classes, Florida Today reports.
ETHICAL BEHAVIOR: The Broward School Board works to better define lobbying, gifts and other things that got members in trouble in the past, the Miami Herald reports.
SPENDING CUTS: Palm Beach's new interim superintendent pledges to avoid layoffs despite big budget cuts, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Duval officials talk furloughs and four-day weeks to cope with expected shortfalls, the Florida Times-Union reports.
RECOGNIZE ANY NAMES? Applicants begin to submit resumes for the Lee superintendent job, the Naples Daily News reports.
SEEKING TO SERVE: A larger than usual field of Volusia and Flagler residents apply to serve on the Daytona State College board as the school aims to overcome troubles, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.