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Florida education news: A new chapter waits in Alachua, intriguing candidate in Leon, university performance pay and more



FALL OUT: Uncertainty reigns in Alachua County, where the School Board will meet Monday to choose an interim leader after superintendent Owen Roberts resigns, the Gainesville Sun reports.

NEW WRINKLE: A controversial figure, former principal and whistleblower Woody Hildebrandt, enters the race for Leon County school superintendent, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

PAY DAY: Papers around the state report on the Florida Board of Governors' prelimary approval of performance-based funding for this year. Florida Gulf Coast University will get $17.8 million – News-Press. … The University of North Florida scores at the bottom of the pack, in part because many of its high-performing students go to UF and FSU - Florida Times-Union. … The University of Central Florida will get $39 million, second only to UF - Orlando Sentinel.

SLAMMED: The 4th District Court of Appeal sides with the Broward County School Board, and against teachers, in a decision that makes more teachers subject to annual contracts and a performance pay plan, the News Service of Florida reports.

TURNOVER AT THE TOP: A principal change at South Fort Myers High follows revelations that officials knew about a lack of after-school supervision months before a May 17 sexual incident at the school, the News-Press reports.

ON SECOND THOUGHT: Trustees at State College of Florida decide that one-year contracts for new faculty are better than the three-year contracts approved earlier, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TOO QUICK: The Palm Beach Post says in an editorial that officials at Lake Worth High were wrong to ban members of their baseball team after an opposing coach raised questions about the boys that later turned out to be wrong.

VISIONING: Details are beginning to emerge for a joint downtown Orlando campus for the University of Central Florida and Valencia College, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

GROWING FIELD: Five people have applied so far to become school superintendent in Sarasota County, the Herald-Tribune reports.

CRACKING DOWN: The Broward County School Board toughens its policy on make-up work for students with unexcused absences, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2016 8:06am]


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