Florida education news: Teacher ratings, eighth-grade retention, school soda sales and more
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE OIL SPILL: Florida's universities seek $100 million in oil spill research funds from BP. (Times photo, Kathleen Flynn)
HOW GOOD IS YOUR TEACHER? The Hillsborough school district hires the University of Wisconsin's Value-Added Research Center to rate all its educators' worth.
FIRED: A Hernando teacher and coach loses his job over drunken text messaging with a student.
MAKING IT: Several Hillsborough students held back in eighth grade find school success instead of dropping out.
CUT, BUT NOT GONE: The Pinellas County Center for the Arts program gets its budget reduced, but the program remains.
GRAD NOTES: JROTC helps Central High graduate Cierra Williams make it through school.
FCAT WOES: Late FCAT scores will cause staffing problems for Polk schools over the summer, the Lakeland Ledger reports. • NCS Pearson has a history of testing-related troubles, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SAFE HAVEN: Haiti earthquake refugees find a bond in school, but have trouble locating affordable programs to keep together in the summer, the Miami Herald reports.
BETTER PARKING, PLEASE: Motorcycle riders say they save gas and seek priority parking at Florida Gulf Coast University, the Naples Daily News reports.
REPRIEVE: Palm Beach gives its only African-themed charter school another chance to succeed, the Palm Beach Post reports.
COKE IS STILL IT (SORTA): Volusia schools approve a new soda exclusivity deal with Coca-Cola, only without full-sugared sodas in the mix, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
LESS SECURE: Bay schools could see their resource officer program cut in half because of budget cuts, the Panama City News-Herald reports.