Florida education news: Alternative schools, vouchers, teacher evaluations and more
IN SEARCH OF MONEY: The Pinellas district awaits word on a Gates Foundation grant that would support a new technology-oriented high school.
LAST CHANCE: Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning works on a plan to refocus the district's alternative schools.
TOP TEACHER: Julia Sarmiento is named Hillsborough County's Diversity Educator of the Year.
WHAT'S UP? Key education issues coming before the Florida Legislature in the next two months include tuition and vouchers.
WAIT FOR IT: Florida's VAM scores highlight the need for leaders to take their time and get the state school grading model fixed properly, the Florida Times-Union editorializes. • The VAM data shows how meaningless teacher evaluations have become, the Tallahassee Democrat editorializes. • St. Johns leaders criticize the release of individual teachers' VAM results, the St. Augustine Record reports.
NO THANKS: Walton teachers reject the district's salary proposal, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
UNCERTAINTY: Marion educators wait and wonder what kind of test will replace the FCAT, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
CHARTER FIGHT: Orange and Seminole counties could be forced to let new charter schools open that they rejected because of the operator's poor past performance, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ARRESTED: A Pasco music teacher is arrested after accusations that she grabbed a student and dragged him across the floor. • A Seminole special education teacher is arrested after being accused of slapping a student, the Orlando Sentinel reports.