Florida education news: Bullying, media specialists, school security and more
HOW FAR CAN A SCHOOL GO? A bill to give school administrators more powers over bullying that takes place off campus wins bipartisan support among Florida lawmakers but raises questions about student rights among legal scholars.
SAVE OUR JOBS: Pasco school media specialists and their supporters urge the School Board to go slow with a proposal to eliminate their positions.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Hernando School Board members consider whether to allow their new superintendent's husband to work in the district.
GET SAFER: The Hillsborough School Board takes advice as it prepares to improve its school security policies.
TAKING OVER: The University of South Florida at St. Petersburg gets a new chancellor.
ON THE BLOTTER: Two Fivay High School students are arrested in connection with a sex act videotaped in their school media center. • A man is arrested over a string of burglaries in several Pasco County schools. • An Orange County teacher is arrested for having sex with an underage female student, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
WHO'S NEXT? Brevard's superintendent says the district might need to close even more schools, Florida Today reports.
TEMPERS FLARE: Clay's new superintendent is not getting along well with all the district's School Board members, the Florida Times-Union reports.
CUTBACKS: The Martin school district withholds federal funds before they're spent to ensure the federal sequester doesn't affect them, the Stuart News reports.
NEW SCHEDULES: Polk schools might have new start times if they move ahead with different schedules aimed at cutting costs, the Ledger reports.
SIZE MATTERS: The Polk School Board doesn't want to consider superintendent candidates who have not worked in larger school districts, the Ledger reports.