Florida education news: Truancy court, teacher recruiting, school start dates and more
TOO MANY MISSED DAYS: A Hillsborough mom is jailed after her daughter is truant half the school year.
FIRST STEPS: The Hillsborough School Board prepares to buy a computerized training course to prepare for its new teacher evaluation system.
FIX IT: The Pinellas school district must take strong measures to repair John Hopkins Middle School, the Times editorializes.
WASTE OF MONEY? The Hillsborough school district should not spend $375,000 on a public relations campaign for its Gates Foundation grant, the Times editorializes.
TEACH NEAR THE BEACH: Broward schools recruit for teachers in New York City, even amid threats of more layoffs, the Miami Herald reports.
JUST SAY NO: The Florida Education Association blasts the teacher quality bill moving through the state Senate, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Collier superintendent Dennis Thompson calls the bill a potential disaster, the Naples Daily News reports.
SLASHING SPECIALS: Broward school officials look into cutting art, music and P.E. classes at elementary schools to meet budget shortfalls, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
FLIP NO FLOP: Orange's school start time swap saved the district nearly $6 million (even though lots of people hated it), the Orlando Sentinel reports.
DIFFERENT REACTIONS: Florida school districts take widely varying actions when it comes to online threats, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
PRETTY EARLY: Okaloosa schools will begin classes for 2010-11 on August 5 — about two weeks earlier than most others, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
TOUGH DECISIONS: The Leon School Board begins to set priorities for dealing with a tight budget, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.