Florida education news: Teacher evaluations, school safety, charter school closures and more
HARD WORK: Hernando teacher of the year Bethann Brooks teaches nursing to high school students, and also works in a hospital as a nurse on weekends. (Times photo, Octavio Jones)
INEFFECTIVE: Florida Senate president Don Gaetz says the state's new teacher evaluation system does not work, the AP reports. • The administrator in charge of Hillsborough's effective teaching program offers an assessment of the progress half way through.
SAFETY FIRST: The Hillsborough School Board plans a workshop to discuss steps to improve the safety of ESE students. • Broward lawmakers will ask for approval to let county residents vote on whether to impose a tax to pay for officers in every school, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • A Marion second-grader gets a 10-day suspension for bringing a toy gun to school, the Ocala Star Banner reports.
KEEP WAITING: The Pinellas School Board delays action on closing the struggling Imagine charter school in St. Petersburg. • A Volusia charter school plans to fight in court after the School Board decides to end its contract because of poor academic performance, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
OUTSTANDING: Pasco outstanding senior T.J. Pyche III downplays his successes.
HUH? WHAT TIME IS IT? The Broward school district inadvertently sends robo-call messages to parents at 4 a.m., the Sun-Sentinel reports.
PRIORITIES: The Duval School Board sets its wish list for the state Legislature to consider, the Florida Times-Union reports.
THE SKY IS FALLING: A ceiling collapses in a Broward high school as the district discusses how to pay for maintenance needs, the Miami Herald reports.
SNACK TEST: A Palm Beach high school puts new vending machines on a trial run to see how students react to healthier choices, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FIX IT: House Speaker Will Weatherford says he supports higher tuition for the state's research universities and a general overhaul of higher education funding, the Orlando Sentinel reports.