Florida education news: Classroom technology, math games, cafeteria coffee and more
DIGITAL CLASSROOMS: Two key Florida lawmakers call for greater funding for school technology.
SCHOOL GRADES: Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford holds out the possibility of a one-year hiatus on school grades to restore trust in the system.
MATH GAMES: A growing number of Hillsborough schools use the Tivitz strategy game to make math fun.
OPTIONS: Pasco families have more choices as the district's open enrollment window begins. • The city of Hollywood urges its local school leaders to market their offerings better, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
HONORED: Watergrass Elementary music teacher Karen Reinhold wins the Music Education Service award from the state music teachers association.
SUSPENDED: A Hernando middle school teacher faces dismissal after she allegedly was drunk on the job. • A south Florida charter school teacher is suspended for assigning explicit rap lyrics to her eighth grade students as homework, WPTV reports.
BIGGER PICTURE: Video of a classroom fight at Gibbs High highlights the difficult job that teachers have beyond getting students ready for exams, columnist John Romano writes.
STILL THE SAME: Florida is not alone in attempting to rebrand the Common Core to defuse foes, the Washington Post reports.
SNOW DAYS: Panhandle school districts try to determine how many makeup days they need after the recent winter storm canceled classes, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
CAFFEINATE THEM: Students at a Citrus high school ask the School Board to provide coffee in the cafeterias, WTSP reports.
SHUTTING DOWN: A Palm Beach Christian school will close after 30 years because of financial woes, the Palm Beach Post reports.