Florida education news: High school diplomas, restaffing, parent trigger and more
TRACKING: Hernando superintendent Bryan Blavatt pans Florida's newly approved graduation requirements, saying they will likely create a caste system for high school students. Columnist Dan Ruth also calls the new system a disservice to students.
RESTAFFING: Faculty and administration at five chronically low-performing Pinellas schools will be dismissed as part of the district's turnaround plans. • The Pasco school district gives applicants until Tuesday to decide if they want to work at Lacoochee Elementary School. • Restaffing Lacoochee is a better alternative than closing the school, the Times editorializes.
OUTSIDE INTERFERENCE: A slick video and petition favoring the parent trigger in Florida turn out not to be from a grassroots parent group but from an out-of-state advocacy organization.
TRIM DOWN: An advisory board recommends the Manatee school district cut 180 jobs, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SPENDING QUESTIONS: Plans to spend some of its savings causes confusion in Brevard schools, Florida Today reports.
EXTRA HELP: Palm Beach schools will spend $1.5 million for remedial algebra summer courses, the Palm Beach Post reports.
INTERVIEWS: The state Department of Education continues its investigation into Lee superintendent Joseph Burke, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
WINNER: The Seminole school district wins a court battle to keep a charter school from opening, challenging the state's rules on high performing charter replication, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TEACHER EVALUATIONS: Education commissioner Tony Bennett says he hopes to have many issues posed in a teacher lawsuit over evaluations resolved by the end of the legislative session, State Impact Florida reports.
HANDS OFF: A Bradenton teacher faces felony charges for throwing a student, the Herald-Tribune reports.