Florida education news: Teacher performance pay, school bus ads, cafeteria lunches and more
ON A FAST TRACK? The Florida House and Senate move ahead with nearly identical bills to change teacher evaluations, contracts and pay. • Several hot button education issues are on the Legislature's agenda, the AP reports. • Manatee school leaders begin exploring new evaluation options, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PROVE IT: The Hillsborough School Board looks to crack down on families that lie about their home address.
PENSION PLANS: The Florida Senate begins moderating some of the proposals to alter state employee pensions.
HURTING THE SCHOOLS: The Pasco County Commission should reconsider a proposal to cut school impact fees, the Times editorializes.
STUNNED: The Duval School Board is surprised to learn its lowest performing schools are most likely to have the district's least experienced teachers, the Florida Times-Union reports.
ARRESTED: The leader of Atheists of Florida is removed from a Polk School Board meeting for disrupting a minister's prayer to open the session, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
STAY IN SCHOOL: The Lee School Board looks for more ways to keep students from dropping out, the Naples Daily News reports.
CAFETERIA TAKEOVER: Florida agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam seeks to move control of school lunch programs to his department, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SUPERINTENDENT NEWS: Broward superintendent Jim Notter says he'll stick around despite heavy criticism from a grand jury, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson resigns rather than be fired, the Palm Beach Post reports. Interim superintendent Bill Malone quickly steps in, the Post reports.
MORE ACCESS: Minority business leaders ask the Miami-Dade school district for more opportunities, the Miami Herald reports.
BUS ADS: The Lee School Board looks at the possibility of selling ads on the outside of school buses to raise money, if lawmakers allow it, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
BUDGET CUTS: Indian River officials look at travel and administrative positions as they seek to cut about $6 million in spending, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
LABOR NEWS: Brevard support staff narrowly approve a new contract, Florida Today reports.