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.
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.
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.