Florida education news: teacher tenure, music education, class size and more
STRETCH IT: Pasco River Ridge High School students with disabilities work their bodies — and have fun — doing yoga in their physical education class. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
MAJOR OVERHAUL: A proposal to revamp the way Florida teachers are evaluated, paid and contracted presses ahead in the state Senate. • The changes would punish teachers, the Times editorializes. • It's a "61-page teacher crackdown," Daytona Beach News-Journal columnist Mark Lane writes.
INDEBTED: Hillsborough School Board member Jennifer Faliero faces about $53,000 in debts.
SAVE OUR SCHOOL: Students of the Life Skills charter alternative school in Pinellas plead with the School Board to leave their school open, but get no result.
HANDS OFF: Hundreds of Broward parents and students protest the idea of cutting school art and music courses, the Miami Herald reports.
CAMPUS SAFETY: Broward examines whether students are safe in the wake of a brutal beating at a school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
REALLY NEEDED? A citizen committee questions whether the Collier school district needs to spend millions on things like artificial turf and new a/c units, the Naples Daily News reports.
SCHEDULE CHALLENGES: Lee high school teachers have complaints over the district's new class schedule, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NOT FAST ENOUGH: Two parents who won a $140,000 settlement from the St. Johns school district over the performance of a religious song say the district could have avoided the lawsuit had it acted quicker, the Florida Times-Union reports.
LEAVE OUR PENSIONS BE: Florida teachers and other state employees fight bills that would gut their retirement pay, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SPEED BUMP: Democrats in the Florida Senate try to use what limited power they have to stall changes to the class-size amendment, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • Meanwhile, school districts work to meet the current class-size requirements, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CUTS TO SPORTS: Indian River schools examine how budget cuts would affect student athletic programs, the Vero Beach Press Journal reports.