Hillsborough, Pinellas star at Florida education conference
ORLANDO — The agenda is a virtual playbook of plans for education change in Florida: tenure reform, collaboration with private industry, charter schools, virtual school. And the Hillsborough and Pinellas county school districts are helping to call the signals.
Both districts had starring roles in today's first annual education summit by the nonprofit Florida Sterling Council.
Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia told the gathering too much attention is being paid to teacher merit pay in all of the buzz surrounding her district's seven-year, $202 million partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Of equal importance, she said, is the attention to principal development.
Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen, meanwhile, said her district's collaboration with local CEOs has led to a surprising conclusion: businesses do a better job of handling conflict in the workplace. "What we need most from our business partners is to learn how to deal with difficult employees," Janssen said.
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