Florida education news: Teacher evaluations, evolution vs. creation, union bashing and more
NO VETO THIS TIME: A bill to change Florida school teacher contracts, evaluations and pay heads to Gov. Rick Scott, who says he'll sign it into law. The Florida Education Association is likely to sue over the measure, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Some lawmakers suggest the biggest benefactors of the law will be testing companies, the St. Augustine Record reports. Meanwhile, Palm Beach's superintendent begins looking for money to cover the costs, the Palm Beach Post reports. (AP photo)
ANOTHER TUITION INCREASE? A Florida House budget committee proposes higher tuition among ways to balance the higher education budget.
PARENT-TEACHER RELATIONSHIPS: They can be complicated, columnist Marlene Sokol writes.
UNION BASHING: Efforts to curtail Florida's public employee unions smack too much of politics at a time when collaboration is needed, the Times editorializes.
NO DOGS ALLOWED: A judge tells an autistic Naples student to leave his service dog at home when he attends school, the Naples Daily News reports.
BIG MONEY: Former Lee superintendent Jim Browder gets a $75,000 raise in his new post at Edison State College, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LABOR NEWS: Clay teachers and administration head back to the bargaining table after their School Board rejected a contract deal, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Brevard teachers support a new contract offer for the second time, Florida Today reports.
TRY IT: An Okaloosa school will incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into its cafeteria, along with lessons about healthy eating, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
FEE FIGHT: The Ocala City Council will sue the Marion School Board over unpaid fire service fees, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.