Florida education news: Construction, contracts, charters and more
CONSTRUCTION COSTS: Florida superintendents blast a state House presentation that accused them of "horrible" stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
TOP TEACHER: Sarah Dobes, an English teacher at East Lake Middle School, is Pinellas County Teacher of the Year.
LABOR NEWS: Hernando teachers reach a tentative contract agreement for the current year. • The Volusia district declares impasse in its teacher negotiations, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Seminole district employees complain about their district's decision to end contract talks in impasse, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • An anonymous survey shows Alachua teacher morale at a low point, the Gainesville Sun reports.
BOUNDARIES: Duval School Board members have questions down to the wire about proposed new school zones, the Florida Times-Union reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Florida lawmakers advance proposals to give entities outside school boards charter-granting authority, the News Service of Florida reports.
SECURITY: An audit shows the Sarasota school district failed to conduct timely background checks on all employees, WFLA reports. • Leon parents and students are unsettled after a round of school violence threats, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Authorities suspect arson as the cause of a Monday fire in one Leon school, the Democrat reports.
FUNDING: Florida Lotto funds don't go far in state schools, WUFT reports.
ELECTED COMMISSIONER: The House sponsor of the bill to return Florida to an elected education commissioner says her bill is probably dead, TCPalm reports.
SAFE PASSAGE: The Manatee school district identifies new unsafe walking routes near elementary schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NO SMOKING: The Brevard school district gets tough in enforcing its ban of tobacco and related products, Florida Today reports.
TESTING: Palm Beach schools move "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" to avoid interfering with the state testing schedule, the Palm Beach Post reports.
STUDENT DISCIPLINE: More details emerge about a controversial bus incident in Escambia County, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
GENDER POLITICS: Supporters and detractors of a transgender restroom policy at a Sarasota school fill the district School Board meeting, the Herald-Tribune reports.
LAWSUITS: Two Broward families sue the school district over the treatment of their children with autism, the Sun-Sentinel reports.