Florida education news: Evaluations, assessments, Pledge of Allegiance and more
EVALUATIONS: The Pinellas School Board will consider relying more on observations and less on test results in their teacher evaluations.
TESTING: Advocates of test reform want Florida leaders to heed President Obama's call for a reduction in testing, the Miami Herald reports. * A Polk teacher quits her job over testing concerns, Bay News 9 reports. * Florida should look good when NAEP scores are released, the NY Times reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Lake School Board sees some improvement in superintendent Susan Moxley's performance, the Daily Commercial reports.
NIMBY: Neighbors sign petitions to keep a new high school out of their Bonita Springs community, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TO PLEDGE OR NOT TO PLEDGE: Santa Rosa schools post signs letting kids know they're not required to recite the daily pledge to the flag, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Sarasota district leaders consider starting classes a week earlier than this year, but not on Aug. 10, the Herald-Tribune reports.
MENTORING: Students at an Alachua elementary school learn about citizenship and goal setting during monthly lunch meetings, the Gainesville Sun reports.