Florida education news: Teacher transfers, school board prayer, after-school clubs and more
BREATHE DEEP: Melrose Elementary School uses yoga to help students calm themselves. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)
WANTED: ONE ROCK STAR: Florida's search for an education commissioner yields few well-known names, leading to questions as to why.
SAVE OUR TEACHER: Gulf High School students start a petition to try to keep media specialist Lizzette Nazario from a forced transfer. Nearly 500 Pasco teachers face involuntary transfers.
STIRRING THE POT: Words from Pinellas Education Foundation members about the district's contract negotiations rile up School Board members.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Friend's sudden death helps Nature Coast Tech's Aaron Lund reach goals • Gulf High School valedictorian and salutatorian • Hudson Middle students create a panel for traveling AIDS memorial quilt
VALUE ADDED: Florida moves closer to adopting a value-added model for evaluating teacher performance, the News Service of Florida reports.
FEWER EXTRAS: The Palm Beach School Board prepares to cut funding for some after school sports and clubs, the Palm Beach Post reports.
CLOSER LOOK: The Florida Department of Education will review conduct by former Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson and his former chief academic officer, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
PUSHING POLY FORWARD: Give Gov. Rick Scott credit for his support of USF Polytechnic, the Lakeland Ledger editorializes.
EVERYBODY SHIFT: About 400 Broward teachers are put on surplus and forced into new positions, the Miami Herald reports.
ON THE MEND: Florida Gulf Coast University's portfolio survives the recession and grows to new levels, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SCHOOL BOARD PRAYER: Tampa area atheists head to Polk County to oppose the School Board's pre-meeting invocations, the Lakeland Ledger reports.