Florida education news: University funding, value-added evaluations, school choice fees and more
RIVALS: Florida State University alumni in the state Senate object to Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to give special funding to the University of Florida only. (Image from sportsflagsandpennants.com)
DANGEROUS: School and city officials seek to have a stretch of roadway in Dunedin deemed hazardous for walking so children can qualify for bus transportation.
BEAT DOWN: A Mitchell High School sophomore girl is attacked on the school bus by two other girls, two hours after she told an assistant principal they had threatened her. The attackers quickly posted video on Facebook.
FEE STUDY: The Hernando School Board calls for a review of its impact fees to see if increases are needed.
LAWSUIT: The Florida Times-Union has sued the Florida Department of Education to secure the release of teacher value-added evaluation scores, the Times-Union reports.
APPLICATION FEE: The Brevard School Board considers charging families $30 to apply for school choice, Florida Today reports.
INTERVIEW TIME: The Manatee School Board will conduct public interviews with its six superintendent finalists, the Bradenton Herald reports.
TEACHER TROUBLE: A Broward middle school teacher is suspended without pay amid allegations that he pushed and choked students, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
STUDENT SHUFFLE: The Palm Beach School Board approves a school boundary change despite months of parent pleas, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from the Palm Beach Post. • The Seminole school district looks at rezoning as many as 10,000 elementary students, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Monroe teachers prepare to kick off contract negotiations, the Keynoter reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: A Sarasota teacher once accused of child abuse returns to a classroom, this time in adult education, the Herald-Tribune reports.
GONE DIGITAL: A St. Johns elementary school explores the pros and cons of operating with technology instead of paper materials, the St. Augustine Record reports.