Florida education news: Budget cuts, teacher evaluations, A-Plus funds and more
BUDGET CUTTING: Hillsborough County school district officials are hesitant to cut grant-funded programs that help students, even after the money runs out.
IN COURT: A former Pinellas County student who was attacked at school sues the district.
EVALUATIONS: Nearly all Manatee County teachers receive a performance rating of "effective" or "highly effective," primarily because of a contract agreement, the Bradenton Herald reports.
RECOGNITION FUNDS: Florida schools see a 36 percent decrease in state A-Plus money as their student test results decrease, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SICK SCHOOLS? A new report by an environmental group suggests Florida schools might have high lead levels in their water, WGCU reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Eighteen people have applied to be Alachua County's next superintendent, the Gainesville Sun reports. • Polk County superintendent Jacqueline Byrd answers five questions for the Ledger. • Palm Beach County superintendent Robert Avossa would be eligible for a raise next year under a new proposal, the Palm Beach Post reports.
WATCHFUL EYE: St. Johns County schools see several changes in leadership, testing, enrollment and other matters, the St. Augustine Record reports.
FREE PRESS: The Miami-Dade County School Board seeks to control hiring and firing of reporters at WLRN radio, the Miami Herald reports.
COOKOFF: Palm Beach superintendent Robert Avossa challenges culinary students to a cooking contest, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NEW HIRES: The Monroe County school district hires its first public information officer, the Keynoter reports. • The Flagler Education Foundation hires a new executive director, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • The new Lake County superintendent begins filling her cabinet, the Daily Commercial reports.
TESTING: Some Florida lawmakers file a bill that would undo some key parts of the state's education accountability system, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CAREER PLANNING: Some Santa Rosa County high school students find a path at the National Flight Academy, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
COLLEGE DEGREES: Florida lawmakers want to improve the four-year completion rate at state universities and colleges, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SCHOOL CHOICE: The St. Johns County school district gets out-of-county interest in its new open enrollment effort, the St. Augustine Record reports. • A growing number of south Florida families take advantage of tax credit scholarships, the Sun-Sentinel reports.