Florida education news: Tutoring, English-language learners, school arrests and more
TUTORING SCAM: Florida's Title I SES tutoring program becomes a haven for crooks and cheats. (Times photo, John Pendygraft)
TEACHING ENGLISH: Pinellas schools aim to improve their instruction and services for English-language learners as the population grows.
STEPPING UP: Hernando School Board member Cynthia Moore acts as public officials should — in the public interest — by breaking a deadlock over impact fee review by offering to pay for it, the Times editorializes.
GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL: Thousands of Florida students are arrested in school for minor offenses even after the easing of state zero tolerance laws, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
BIG CHANGES: The United Teachers of Dade face a major election of a new leader, the Miami Herald reports.
AN ISSUE OF FAIRNESS: Indian River School Board members say they ended automatic step raises for one group of employees because not every group got them, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
TOUGH CHOICES: Brevard community and school district leaders look for ways to save money and if possible not close four schools as proposed, Florida Today reports. There's no right choice for the School Board, Florida Today columnist Matt Reed writes. • Marion schools struggle with budget issues as well, cutting back art and music, and splitting teachers among schools, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
BIG BROTHER: A Monroe School Board member demands answers about a software program that allows district staff to watch teachers through their computers without their knowledge, the Keynoter reports.
TROOPS TO TEACHERS: Military veterans find a new career teaching in Florida schools, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.