Florida education news: Bell schedules, teacher evaluations, construction funds and more
PARENT PRESSURE: The Pasco school district backs away from a proposal to have Deer Park Elementary start an hour later, but sticks with plans to change bell schedules for eight other schools.
BREAKING THE ICE: Pepin Academies principal Craig Butz uses his history as a hockey player to help build relationships with students.
TEACHER EVALUATIONS: Pasco teachers soon could find it easier to earn a "highly effective" rating.
CAPITAL PLANS: Hillsborough district officials try to target limited construction dollars to the most needed projects.
STANDARDS: The News Service of Florida summarizes Florida's current position on Common Core testing. • Five former Florida GOP party leaders state their support for the Common Core, State Impact Florida reports. • Hundreds of teachers gather in Jacksonville to learn more about the new standards, the St. Augustine Record reports.
REVOKED: Four south Florida teachers have their certifications withdrawn, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CLOSER LOOK: The Manatee School Board hires a new internal auditing firm, the Bradenton Herald reports.
BIAS? Brevard School Board members review a world history text more closely after a lawmaker suggests it favors Islam over Christianity and Judaism, Florida Today reports.
AIM HIGHER: Duval School Board members say the superintendent's academic goals are too low for the coming year, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SECURITY: Okaloosa's sheriff says he will keep a deputy in every school even if it means cutting other services, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • Three Sarasota high schools will lose some police officers because of budget concerns, the Herald-Tribune reports.
LAPTOPS FOR ALL: The Flagler School Board approves a deal to lease laptop computers for every high school student, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.