Florida education news: Tenure, merit pay, politics and more
NEW ATTITUDE: Bay Point Middle School in Pinellas County tries a shifting school schedule to keep students fresh and out of trouble. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)
TARGETED: Hillsborough schools plan to more aggressively remove teachers who are not making enough gains with their students.
FIGHTING BACK: Feeling threatened like never before by the Florida Legislature, many Pasco teachers are standing up in opposition. • Even teachers who are Republicans are upset by the moves in the Capitol.
SPECIAL TREATMENT: Students who make the best grades at the University of South Florida get extra privileges, such as first dibs on course registration.
UNREALISTIC: Florida lawmakers aren't doing enough to deal with the state's budget crisis, the Times editorializes.
MERIT PAY: Florida might become the first state in the country to implement universal teacher merit pay, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
THINK FIRST: Many students are finding themselves in debt with unusable diplomas after attending for-profit career colleges, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LESS SAFE: Broward County students see a rise in crimes at school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
PARENT RESPONSIBILITY: Teachers play a key role in student success, but parents need to step up, too, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.
NUMBERS GAME: Supporters of converting Boca Raton High School into a charter say the money adds up, but Palm Beach school district officials disagree, the Sun-Sentinel reports. (Via the Palm Beach Post)
LESSONS NEEDED: Parents are upset that Orange schools plan to eliminate a successful bilingual program, the Orlando Sentinel reports.