WHERE HAVE ALL THE COACHES GONE? The number of reading coaches in Florida schools has dropped for the first time in five years. (Times photo, Daniel Wallace)
LEARNING ABOUT WORK: Hoping to better prepare local students for engineering jobs, five local companies join forces with the Career Technical Education Foundation to offer apprenticeships to teens in career academies in Pasco and Pinellas.
THE TIMES RECOMMENDS ... Jennifer Crockett for Pinellas School Board District 1, Nina Hayden for Pinellas School Board District 2 and Ken Peluso for Pinellas School Board District 4. In part: "In this election voters can put three new members on the board, and they should eagerly embrace the opportunity." Read more here.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Pine Grove kids get familiar with fire (Pine Grove Elementary); Kids get to ask meteorologist whatever comes to mind (Suncoast Elementary); Explorer K-8 voting project touches more than one subject (Explorer K-8); Grace Christian School has an invitation for butterflies (Grace Christian)
UNION NEWS: Miami-Dade teachers plan to bring bars of soap to a School Board meeting as a symbolic way to urge leadership to "come clean" about district finances, the Miami Herald reports. Lee offers employees 3 percent more pay, but at the expense of fully paid health benefits, the Naples Daily News reports. More from the Fort Myers News-Press. Broward reaches impasse in negotiations, the Miami Herald reports.
EXPECT MORE CUTS: Rep. Bill Proctor, a member of the House Schools and Learning Council, warns a St. John's civic group that education funding will keep shrinking, Shoreline.com reports. But then, he said, "If money were the sole answer, then Washington, D.C., would have the best public schools and they have the worst."
ENROLLMENT SHRINKING: Once fast-growing Volusia projects five years of declining enrollment, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Broward sees its numbers drop for the fourth straight year, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Palm Beach is on its third year of a decline, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Low student counts jeopardize funding in Sarasota, the Herald-Tribune reports.
GET ON THE BUS: Okaloosa asks families to ride the school bus this week to help the district get more transportation funding, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
NO PRIZE: Broward and Miami-Dade fall short in the Broad Prize for Urban Education, the Miami Herald reports.
BIG PRIZE: Three administrators of a failed charter school in Alachua take home $90,000 in bonuses, the Gainesville Sun reports.
CLOSING THE GAP: Brevard makes progress on narrowing the achievement gap, Florida Today reports.