Florida education news: Higher education funding, longer school days, teacher bonuses and more
AIMING HIGHER: Gov. Rick Scott tells university leaders he wants to make Florida's higher education system better, and more affordable, the News Service of Florida reports. More from Politico Florida.
AGENDA SETTING: Incoming Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says he wants to invest more money in schools that offer longer school days, Redefined reports.
LABOR NEWS: A Gulf teachers union complaint against the district's handling of Best and Brightest bonuses heads to mediation, the Port St. Joe Star reports. • Palm Beach substitute teachers stand to get their first raise in nine years, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GREAT OUTDOORS: Students at an Alachua middle school explore nature for their science lessons, the Gainesville Sun reports. • Miami-Dade students will work with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden to reintroduce orchid species to urban spaces, the Miami Herald reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Palm Beach School Board rates superintendent Robert Avossa as "highly effective," the Palm Beach Post reports. • Sarasota School Board chairwoman Shirley Brown says the board might reconsider its contract with newly appointed superintendent Todd Bowden if more information about his alleged sexual harassment emerges, the Herald-Tribune reports.
MISCONDUCT: An Orange County middle school teacher is arrested on 22 charges related to allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student, WESH reports. • Two Orange County high school teachers are under investigation for sexual misconduct with a minor, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • A Duval teacher accused of locking students in a closet is suspended, the AP reports.
SECURITY: A Broward high school moves to boost security after a former student enters campus with a loaded gun, the Sun-Sentinel reports.