Florida education news: Balanced budgets, class size, turnaround schools and more
RAISE RALLY: Gov. Rick Scott visits Alexander Elementary School in Tampa to tout his effort to improve teacher pay. • Despite the self-congratulations, school districts are left with some tough budget decisions, the Times editorializes.
BALANCING ACT: Pasco district leaders decide it will be more cost effective to not comply with Florida's class size amendment next year. • Brevard officials look at ways to cut spending, perhaps even dual enrollment, as the state's added funding is already committed to specific items, Florida Today reports.
ONLINE CLASSES: Florida lawmakers make it easier for private virtual education providers to access state funding, the Miami Herald reports.
TURNAROUND TIME: Broward prepares to revamp several struggling schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
FEEDER PATTERNS: Duval reorganizes its school groupings for better communication and planning among the grade levels as students move through the system, the Florida Times-Union reports.
ODD OUTCOME: Experts say the end result of the battle over Imagine School at North Port is unusual in the dismissal of the principal, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BAD ACT: A Polk bus driver is arrested on accusations of child abuse connected to driving students to her home and having them fight while she made a video, NBC 6 reports. • A Citrus teacher resigns after being arrested on child neglect charges, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • An Orange high school's former teacher of the year is fired after an investigation shows he had sex with a student, the Orlando Sentinel reports.