Florida education news: Teacher protests, school vouchers, guitar lessons and more
JUST SAY NO: Hundreds of Pinellas and Pasco teachers and their supporters rally against bills to change their contracts, evaluations and pay. • The legislation is headed in the right direction but needs some refinement, the Times editorializes. • Collier teachers rallied, too, the Naples Daily News reports. • So did those in Polk, the Lakeland Ledger reports. • FOX News wonders whether Florida will become the next Wisconsin. (Times photo, Douglas R. Clifford)
TOO MUCH: Some Pinellas parents continue to oppose new school attendance zones.
VOUCHERS FOR ALL? Florida lawmakers file legislation to create education savings accounts for all children.
INSPIRATION: A USF official who came to the country as a Cuban refugee aims to inspire Leto High School students to success.
SEARCHING: Osceola formally accepts superintendent Mike Grego's resignation, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Palm Beach Atlantic University's president also abruptly resigns, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
GENDER GAP: Male teachers are few and far between in Lee County, particularly in elementary schools, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NO ORCHESTRA, BUT ... Orange County schools without an orchestra find guitar classes popular, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NOT ENOUGH P.E.: An Orange elementary principal is rebuked for not providing the legally required amount of physical education to students, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
RACE RELATIONS: A Gainesville family complains about racially charged remarks made by its daughter's teacher, the Gainesville Sun reports.
LABOR NEWS: Robert Dow wins reelection as Palm Beach teachers union president, the Palm Beach Post reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Pinellas parent activist Christine Gadson.