STAR NO MORE: School districts could develop their own teacher bonus plans. Every teacher and administrator could qualify. House and Senate education leaders jointly have released new pay for performance legislation that offers flexibility that angry teachers and school boards demanded. Read the full story here. To see the House version, click here. For the Senate version, click here. To read the Sun-Sentinel's account, click here.
NCLB TUTORING ISSUES: Thousands of children have taken advantage of extra tutoring offered when their schools have failed to meet federal progress standards. Yet, as The Gradebook reported yesterday, most states don't have the funding to figure out if the tutoring is working. Here's a fuller version of the story.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN: Five came in. Just one will emerge victorious. The candidates for Hernando superintendent are in town for site visits and interviews, with the board set to pick a successor to Wendy Tellone as early as tonight.
CHARTER TO CLOSE: Pasco County's lone charter high school, which serves 149 at-risk teens, plans to close after graduation this spring. Its leaders cite a bad working relationship with the district administration as the root of the problem. The Gradebook gave you bare bones yesterday, so here's the rest of the story.
HE DIDN'T ROB A BANK: Ethics scholars weigh in on the Charlotte County teacher who bared all for art and now faces dismissal from his job. The teacher, meanwhile, doesn't think he'll be out of work in the end, the Herald-Tribune reports.
TOO BIG TO FIX? Any time you start thinking Florida's education system is a costly mess, just think about California. The LA Times reports today about a series of studies recommending that, to mend that state's "haphazard" education system, it would require $1.5-trillion a year.