Florida education news: Bonuses, bathrooms, back pay and more
GENDER ISSUES: Several church pastors warn the Hillsborough School Board against allowing transgender students to choose the bathroom they identify with and adopting policy protections for "gender expression."
TRANSFORMATION: A local sign company helps give Hernando's Eastside Elementary a new look.
TEST RESULTS: State test data doesn't look good for Pasco's schools on the state accountability watch list. * Marion School Board members call for instructional changes after the district's poor results come in, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
PAYCHECKS: Teachers at AMIKids Pasco say their school isn't paying them all the money they've earned.
BONUSES: A Florida judge rules that a Sarasota school speech pathologist should qualify for the state Best and Brightest bonus, WUSF reports.
VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION: The Indian River school district offers a hybrid online program for students to study at home but still meet with local teachers, TC Palm reports.
SAFETY: High schools in Holmes and Washington counties are the first in Florida to launch the Green Dot violence prevention program, the Washington County News reports.
BUDGETING: Polk School Board members must set budget priorities for the district's limited added revenue, the Ledger reports. * The Bay school district must overcome a projected spending deficit, the Panama City News Herald reports. * The Lee school district might cut 55 positions to make ends meet, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LAWSUITS: The Manatee School Board settles a suit with a former assistant superintendent for $400,000, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Lake School Board ratifies its contract with non-instructional employees after a lengthy impasse, the Daily Commercial reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Collier superintendent Kamala Patton wins a two-year contract extension by a narrow vote, the Naples Daily News reports. * Volusia superintendent Tom Russell gets a strong evaluation despite lingering battles over employee contracts, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
FREE SPEECH: Supporters and detractors debate the Brevard School Board's decision to stop a School Board candidate from speaking at a meeting, Florida Today reports.