Florida education news: Common Core, impact fees, STEM and more
CORE POLITICS: Florida Gov. Rick Scott considers issuing an executive order regarding the state's position on the Common Core State Standards and related testing. Florida should stick to the standards and skip the politics, the Times editorializes.
LOW MARKS: Hillsborough School Board chairwoman April Griffin gives superintendent MaryEllen Elia a poor evaluation, calling Elia autocratic and heavy-handed.
NO AGREEMENT: The Hernando school district continues to get no impact fee money from new construction, as board members can't reach consensus on how to proceed with the fees.
RESEARCH: The University of South Florida sets a new record for research funding.
SCIENTIFIC STUDY: Tampa Prep adds a wing dedicated to STEM lessons.
TOO HIGH? Proposed state raises for Florida school board members pushes their pay above that of a full-time first-year teacher in some counties, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
INTERIM LEADER: The Alachua School Board picks an interim superintendent while beginning a search for a permanent CEO, the Gainesville Sun reports.
SHUT DOWN: A Palm Beach charter school loses its charter, effective immediately, after sending students on field trips to mask the fact it didn't have enough classroom space, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Duval teachers association files 16 grievances over work load concerns, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Monroe officials prepare to end a three-year-old annual employee furlough program, the Keynoter reports.
POSITIVE CHANGE: Students, parents and staff like the benefits of having converted their Manatee County elementary school to a K-8, the Herald-Tribune reports.
NO HELP ALLOWED: State officials investigate a Sarasota fourth-grade teacher accused of helping her students on the FCAT, the Herald-Tribune reports.