Florida education news: Teacher safety, school closures, FCAT scoring and more
LOCAL PREFERENCE? A roller skating rink asks the Pasco school district to stop school organizations from going out of county for their skate parties.
SCHOOL SAFETY: Concerns escalate about teacher safety at John Hopkins Middle after a spate of student arrests for battery on teachers.
NEW CHALLENGE: Gibbs High School's turnaround principal takes a top job at St. Petersburg College.
GOING DOWN: The Lake Wales charter school system worries that Florida's new FCAT scoring system will hurt school grades, the News-Chief reports.
WHOSE FIRST AMENDMENT? A Clay elementary principal gets an angry response after sending teachers a memo promoting prayer and saying the First Amendment is for Christians only, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BUDGET BATTLE: Manatee school district leaders get an earful after eliminating a community-based budget advisory committee, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SCHOOL CLOSURES: Brevard considers shutting down two under-enrolled elementary schools, Florida Today reports.
LABOR NEWS: Polk non-instructional employees ask for raises, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
GETTING CROWDED: St. Johns needs a new school but doesn't have a way to pay for it, the St. Augustine Record reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Mel Jurado, director of the Florida Office of Early Learning.