Florida education news: Third-grade retention, school uniforms, class size penalties and more
IT NEVER ENDS: Negotiations continue informally even when the Hillsborough school district and teachers union have completed contracts.
BIDDING QUESTIONS: The Pinellas school district keeps asking the same few companies — two of which are jointly owned — to bid on print jobs.
OUTTA HERE: Longtime Pinellas administrator Carol Thomas steps down amid an investigation into her private business ties.
NEW ATTITUDE: Hernando's former STAR Academy alternative school changes its focus to computer-based education.
GRAD NEWS: Pinellas valedictorians and salutatorians
BENEFITS OF TENURE: USF professor Dajin Peng is found to have violated plenty of rules, but he still gets to keep his job.
TWO SETS OF RULES: Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino should show a poor performing former principal the door rather than laying off other employees who did their jobs well, the Times editorializes.
LOOPHOLES: Palm Beach schools find ways to promote third graders who failed to pass the FCAT reading exam, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TICKED: Monroe school officials are upset that they spent $1 million to meet class size rules and then the state didn't penalize districts that didn't even try, the Keynoter reports.
BUDGET CUTS: Palm Beach proposes teacher furloughs to save $5 million, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Sarasota eliminates elementary school intervention teachers who help the lowest performing students with reading, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SAFE IN SCHOOL: The Broward School Board adopts new rules to protect transgender students, the Miami Herald reports.
SHOW THEM THE JOBS: Gov. Rick Scott's "jobs" budget will cost thousands of people including teachers their jobs, the Herald-Tribune reports.
TEACHERS RATING TEACHERS: Brevard schools adopt new evaluations that let colleagues evaluate one another's performance, Florida Today reports.
GIVE IT ANOTHER YEAR: Alachua schools plan to stick with district uniforms, saying they're working well for discipline, the Gainesville Sun reports.