Florida education news: Teacher performance pay, school athletics, magnet schools and more
MENTOR MATTERS: Retiree Hugh Tulloch helps Donald Smith get on the road to education and employment. (Times photo, Dirk Shadd)
PENSION PLAN: Florida lawmakers move ahead with a bill to require teachers and other state employees to contribute to their pensions.
DISINCENTIVE: Leaders of Florida's teacher preparation programs fear a new performance pay plan would dissuade new people from entering the profession, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo calls the bill confusing. • Miami Herald columnist Fred Grimm pans the legislation for requiring performance pay yet not paying for it. • The bill leaves too much open to interpretation, the Palm Beach Post editorializes. • More from the Palm Beach Post.
PROTEST: Hundreds of teachers protest Gov. Rick Scott's visit to Punta Gorda, WINK reports.
SPORTS STAY: St. John's school officials say they won't eliminate athletics to balance budgets, while Duval leaders keep the idea open, the Florida Times-Union reports.
WHO PAYS? St. Lucie school and government officials look for a funding source to keep resource officers in schools, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
FEWER SEATS: Palm Beach magnet schools have fewer openings because of class size concerns, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ALLERGY ALERT: A Volusia school struggles to balance a child's allergies with parents' complaints over the actions taken, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
BUDGET CUTTING: Marion school officials look into outsourcing student transportation, the Ocala Star Banner reports.