Florida education news: Climate, critters, cuts and more
CLIMATE SURVEY: A survey of Hernando County teachers' views on superintendent Lori Romano nears completion.
TOP TEACHERS: Ten finalists for Pinellas County Teacher of the Year are revealed.
STEM LESSONS: The chief academic officer of Million Women Mentors encourages students at a Hillsborough County elementary school serving low-income areas to study science, math and engineering.
TURNAROUND: Moton Elementary School in Hernando County sees improvement in student performance and teacher morale after a tumultuous year.
TEACHER PAY: Florida state lawmakers explore ideas to improve compensation for educators in public schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CRITTERS IN THE KITCHEN: A Duval County elementary school discovers pests in cafeteria food, WJXT reports.
BUDGET CUTS: Florida higher education officials paint a dire picture of what would happen if forced to cut their spending by 10 percent, Florida Politics reports.
LABOR NEWS: Representatives from the Manatee teachers union and school district offer competing views on contract terms during a special magistrate hearing, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Lake County non-instructional employees reach a tentative contract agreement after seven months of bargaining, the Daily Commercial reports.
LEGAL MATTERS: The Citrus County school district will hire outside counsel to investigate the actions of a charter school leader who once ran for superintendent, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
SCHOOL BUSES: The St. Lucie County school district receives $200,000 in EPA rebates to help it purchase environmentally friendly buses, TC Palm reports. • The Orange County school district also gets EPA rebates, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Miami-Dade County superintendent Alberto Carvalho calls upon Facebook and other social media groups to do more to protect children from the dangers of unmonitored video broadcasting, the Miami Herald reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: The Miami-Dade School Board takes steps toward building a new school in the booming downtown Brickell area, the Miami Herald reports. • A principal is nominated to lead Lee County's newest high school, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • The Broward County School Board rejects a plan to add high school grades to a middle school in Tamarac, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
EMPLOYEE DISCIPLINE: A Palm Beach County assistant principal who was forced out after deciding to get pregnant must resign, while the principal who demoted her is not disciplined, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SICK SCHOOLS: Florida schools could do more to help children with asthma, the Herald-Tribune reports.