Florida education news: Zeroes, bullies and shuffling principals
RAPE SUSPECT NEEDS MONEY FOR DEFENSE: The attorney for one of four Walker Middle School students suspected of sexually assaulting a classmate in a locker room needs money to hire experts, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
FOUNDER DEFENDS F CHARTER SCHOOL: A co-founder of Tallahassee’s Imagine School of Evening Rose, which the state deemed an F, says in this Tallahassee Democrat op-ed that a fairer grade would be “incomplete.”
PRINCIPALS ON THE MOVE: A Palm Beach County principal is suspended and demoted after admitting to spending thousands of dollars of district money on luxuries, the Palm Beach Post reports. The principal of Santa Rosa County’s only D school is now the assistant principal at an elementary school, the Gulf Breeze News reports. The NAACP plans to file a discrimination complaint after principal shuffling in Escambia County, reports the Pensacola News Journal.
STUDENT ACTIVISM: Students at Gulliver Prep in Pinecrest provide clean drinking water to people in Haiti, the Miami Herald reports.
MED SCHOOL BUZZ: UCF’s new medical school is only weeks from opening, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
BIG DONATION: The Polk County Commission votes 3-1 to give $1 million to Florida Southern College for a Frank Lloyd Wright visitors center, the Ledger reports. The dissenter says it’s not a good time to donate to private projects.
BULLYING GETS A HEARING: Bullying is a national crisis, says a mom who testified before a Congressional committee Wednesday. Her 11-year-old son killed himself after being called “faggot” and receiving death threats, McClatchy Newspapers reports.