Florida education news: teacher evaluation, school discipline, class size and more
NO MORE EXCUSES: Pinellas leaders begin reassigning disruptive students out of John Hopkins Middle and adding more staffers to the troubled school. Disciplinary issues continued through February. The Uhurus plan to protest at the school. (Times photo, Melissa Lyttle)
PEER REVIEW: Hillsborough schools take a step toward having a group of trained teachers help evaluate other teachers' performance.
INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR: Three Pasco schoolteachers are suspended for "inappropriate" interactions with students.
IN THE HUNT: Thirty-seven applicants seek the presidency of Hillsborough Community College.
CHANGING CLASS SIZE: Manatee-area lawmakers predict smooth sailing for a proposed amendment to the class-size amendment and passage of the referendum by voters, the Bradenton Herald reports. • The Lee School Board prepares a budget to meet the existing rules, just in case, the Naples Daily News reports.
CHOICE VS. NEIGHBORHOODS: Lee school officials expect a heated debate on whether the district should maintain its choice program or move back to neighborhood schools, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NO POSITION: The Sarasota Republican Party clarifies that it has not taken a stance against a local school tax referendum, the Herald-Tribune reports.
LABOR NEWS: Volusia approves raises for administrators and other nonbargaining employees, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
HANDS OFF: A Marion middle school coach is arrested on accusations that he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 13-year-old female student at school, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
THAT CLASS IS FULL: Florida's community college students are finding it harder to get classes they need as budgets grow tight, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TOO MUCH STRESS: Some Alachua parents are peeved that the Sheriff's Office launched a seat-belt check outside of school the same day FCAT testing began, the Gainesville Sun reports.