Florida education news: Teacher evaluations, Diane Ravitch, school layoffs and more
THEY HATE SURPRISES: Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen calls off her plan to improve struggling Melrose Elementary School amid concerns and complaints from parents, staff and School Board members who knew little about it.
ON THE ATTACK: Diane Ravitch comes to Florida to blast the education reform ideas, such as performance pay, that she once espoused.
ON THE MOVE: Hernando superintendent Bryan Blavatt transfers several principals and assistant principals.
LEARNING THE ROPES: Dozens of Hillsborough educators train to become teacher peer evaluators.
MISSING OUT: Some students in Pinellas's Early College Program complain they didn't get information about scholarships, prom and other high school activities.
CHANGES AT THE TOP: John Winn takes over as interim Florida education commissioner as more candidates apply for the full-time job.
FRUSTRATED: The Hernando School Board's meddling in daily affairs could send a competent superintendent packing, the Times editorializes.
MISSING THE POINT: Florida's FCAT focus takes away from a well-rounded education, Scripps Howard columnist Russ Lemmon writes. • The state's emphasis on standardized tests puts too much stress on schools, Florida Today editorializes.
LABOR NEWS: Hundreds of Broward teachers prepare for their final moments at school before their layoffs take effect, the Miami Herald reports. • Some Collier teachers hired to comply with class size rules face dismissal, the Naples Daily News reports. • Palm Beach teachers could avoid furloughs if they accept a contract without raises, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
UNDER PRESSURE: A Palm Bay charter school faces scrutiny over its financial problems, Florida Today reports.