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Florida education news: Media centers, teacher contracts, vouchers and more



TOP TEACHER: Jefferson High social studies teacher Patrick Boyko is named 2014 Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year.

NEW LOOK: The Pasco school district finds growing acceptance of its hotly disputed changes to its media and technology instruction model.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL: Hernando teachers reach a tentative agreement on raises after months of heated negotiations. • Walton teachers also reach a contract deal, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

UNION ELECTION: Two Land O'Lakes High teachers vie to become United School Employees of Pasco president.

LOST FUNDING: Automotive technology programs in Pasco and Hillsborough lose state funds for failing to secure proper accreditation.

BAD ACTS: Two Hillsborough teachers face dismissal for inappropriate actions. • A Collier teacher is removed from his classroom amid an investigation into wrongdoing, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • A Coral Springs charter school teacher is arrested on accusations she made a 10-year-old boy clean a clogged urinal with his bare hands, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

VOUCHERS: Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford files legislation to dramatically expand the state's voucher system, CBS Miami reports. More from Redefined, which oversees the program.

POLITICAL FALLOUT: Conservative groups threaten to walk away from Gov. Rick Scott in his reelection bid over his support for Common Core, the Sunshine State News reports.

REENACTMENT: Students at Manatee's Miller Elementary School get to experience the Civil War lifestyle thanks to a traveling interactive exhibit, the Bradenton Herald reports.

LEGAL REPRESENTATION: The Marion School Board decides to hire an in-house lawyer, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

REMEDIAL WORK: Florida Keys Community College finds a math instruction model that helps students catch up, the Keynoter reports.

ONE-TO-ONE: Leon County schools look for ways to put computers into all students' hands, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Friday, February 21, 2014 6:16am]


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