Florida education news: Top teachers, sexting, wild-spending principals and more
TAMPA TEACHER IS TOPS: Megan Allen, a fourth grade teacher at Cleveland Elementary, is named Florida Teacher of the Year, the St. Petersburg Times reports. (Photo by Phelan Ebenhack/Special to the Times.)
STOPPING SEXTING: The Miami-Dade school district aims to be a national leader in curbing sexting, the Miami-Herald reports.
JOBS DOWN, APPLICATIONS UP: Vacant elementary school teaching positions in Alachua County are getting 100 to 250 applications each, the Gainesville Sun reports.
ANOTHER WILD-SPENDING PRINCIPAL: A second principal in Palm Beach County spent thousands of district dollars on meals and gifts, but this one isn’t in trouble, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TRANSFERRING PRINCIPALS: Alachua County removes the principals at its two F-rated schools, the Gainesville Sun reports.
SPARE A DIME: When students panhandle to pay for extracurriculars, the public should pony up, writes Tallahassee Democrat associate editor Meredith Clark.
“IT’S NOT JUST YOU PAYING A PRICE”: A judge scolds a former Brevard County teacher who had sex with a student and sends her to prison for five years, Florida Today reports.
JEB WATCH: The former Florida governor moderates a panel discussion at a national education conference in Tennessee and makes another pitch for national standards, the Tennessean reports.
PROPERTY TAX CAROUSEL: It’s Bay County’s turn to consider a tax hike to fund schools, WMBB.com reports from Panama City.
FEDERAL GRANTS APLENTY: Three Orange County schools have been picked for a new federal program that provides fruits and veggies to students in high poverty schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports. (More than 70 other schools in the state were selected.) Lee County snags a $450,000 federal grant to help the school district with emergency management planning, the Naples Daily News reports. (Lake and Polk counties also share $26 million divvied up nationwide.) Polk snags nearly $1 million to improve the teaching of American history, reports The Ledger. (Pinellas, Manatee, Lake and Volusia also got money from that grant program, the story says.)