Florida education news: Teacher evaluations, online schooling, cell phones on campus and more
WORK HARD: Members of the Harlem Globetrotters bring a message of self-sufficiency to the Metropolitan Ministries Partnership School in Tampa. (Times photo, Stephen J. Coddington)
THE RIGHT PATH: Education — including teacher evaluations — need reform, but not without the input of teachers, National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel tells a Tampa audience. He praises Hillsborough schools for their collaborative effort.
MOTION DENIED: An effort to derail a lawsuit challenging the funding and quality of Florida's schools falls short.
WHERE'S THE CAMPUS? The University of Central Florida grows its online course offerings, allowing students to learn without coming to the crowded campus, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Florida International University sheds its commuter school image as more students seek to live on campus, the Miami Herald reports.
TIME TO TALK: Florida State University says there's room to negotiate with Manatee Southeast High over its use of FSU's Seminole logo, the Bradenton Herald reports.
STIGMATIZED: Palm Beach Pleasant City Elementary seeks to overcome its dramatic fall from an A to an F in state grading, the Palm Beach Post reports.
COMING TO YOU LIVE: President Obama plans another back to school speech for students, and this time Lee schools will air it live, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TEXT AWAY: A growing number of Flagler high schools allow students to use their cell phones between classes, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.