Florida education news: Teacher retirements, school personnel files, restraint and seclusion, and more
GET ME OUTTA HERE: Hundreds of Hillsborough teachers file retirement papers to avoid dealing with new pension, benefit and evaluation laws.
TALE OF TWO FILES: Pasco principal Deanna DeCubellis was taking a simple transfer, according to her personnel file. The folder in an assistant superintendent's desk told a different story.
TAKE A HIKE: The Hillsborough school district eliminates or consolidates hundreds of bus stops to reduce spending.
THINK IT OVER: Florida State University's deal to let the Koch Foundation select professors to fill an endowed chair undermines academic freedom, the Times editorializes.
STUDENT RESTRAINT: Palm Beach officials will debate whether to continue the controversial practice of physically restraining students who are causing dangerous disruptions in class, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NOT ACCREDITED: The State of Florida sues a Broward-based private nursing school accused of misrepresenting its accreditation status to students, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
PARENT REVOLT: One of South Florida's most prestigious private schools dumps its headmaster amid growing anger among parents and alumni, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BEING OBJECTIVE: Volusia rolls out new teacher evaluation forms to comply with changed state law, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
NO HAZING: Orange beefs up its anti-hazing policy, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
BUDGET CUTS: Collier budget planners recommend tapping into the district's reserves to help cover an expected budget shortfall, the Naples Daily News reports. • Broward might have to close schools to make ends meet, the Miami Herald reports. • The Duval School Board agrees to about $25 million in potential cuts, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Indian River plans to eliminate positions so it can keep arts programs intact, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports. • Brevard officials find their budget shortfall will be much less than anticipated, Florida Today reports. • Marion leaders say their shortfall will be much worse than expected, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. • Bay's budget cuts should not affect teachers, the Panama City News-Herald reports. • Seminole closes an elementary school despite parent protests, the Orlando Sentinel reports.