Florida education news: Investigations, bonuses, recess and more
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Hillsborough County School Board member Susan Valdes faces a state ethics investigation over allegations she received free child care for her grandchild.
BACK TO SCHOOL: More than 150 Hillsborough teachers who had served in district roles are sent back to the classroom in a restructuring effort.
BEST AND BRIGHTEST: Florida lawmakers anticipate more debate and possible change to the state's controversial teacher bonus program, the News Service of Florida reports.
TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Miami-Dade teacher is reassigned while district officials look into an online video he made that included inappropriate comments, ABC Local 10 reports.
FINANCES: The Monroe school district gets a clean audit after four years of efforts to improve its financial stability, the Keynoter reports.
MISLEADING: The Clay County School Board asks for an investigation into former administrators accused of mislabeling students as disabled to alter school graduation rates, Clay Today reports.
CLASSROOM SUPPLIES: Treasure Coast teachers turn to crowdfunding sources to get materials and equipment they otherwise couldn't afford, TC Palm reports.
DESTROYED: A Miami-Dade elementary school is vandalized, the Miami Herald reports.
SHE BELIEVES IN YOU: A woman who suffers uncontrollable seizures becomes a teacher for students with special needs in Miami-Dade schools, the Miami Herald reports.
HEALTHY SCHOOLS: The Brevard school district opens the first of three planned health clinics for district employees, Florida Today reports.
PLAY TIME: The Volusia School Board considers requiring an hour of recess per week for elementary schools, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
LOCAL CONTROL: The Florida Board of Education faces some pushback over its stance that persistently low performing schools must replace their principals, Politico Florida reports.
SPECIAL NEEDS: The Leon County school district explores new approaches to teaching students with dyslexia, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.