Florida education news: Music lessons, school clubs, teacher pay and more
KEEP THE BEAT: Hernando County's Eastside Elementary School expands its music program for students.
CLUB RULES: The Lake County School Board will finally allow the creation of a Gay-Straight Alliance at a local middle school and also look into changing its policies regarding clubs, the Daily Commercial reports.
LEADERSHIP: The principal of a Palm Beach County high school is officially removed from his post two months after the district started investigating student discipline and grading practices at the school, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Lake County's incoming new superintendent tours several schools in advance of her arrival, the Daily Commercial reports.
TEACHER PAY: Orange County school district researchers say there's little evidence that merit pay programs lead to improved student performance, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
IN COURT: A Duval County teacher sues the school district over public records he has yet to receive, the Florida Times-Union reports.
WHAT'S IN A NAME? Florida's community colleges don't like the idea of dropping "state" from their titles as some lawmakers have proposed, the News Service of Florida reports.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: A Polk County ESE center considers dropping middle school grades to the consternation of parents, the Ledger reports.
LAND LEASE: The Brevard County school district explores renting out land it plans to use for a future new middle school, Florida Today reports.
LABOR NEWS: Santa Rosa County teacher contract negotiations head to a magistrate after the district declares impasse, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
FUNDING: State House Democratic leaders express cautious optimism in Speaker Richard Corcoran's statement that he wants to see education funding rise, Florida Politics reports.
SCHOOL CHOICE: The Brevard County School Board will consider reopening a closed campus as a choice school, Florida Today reports.
SCHOOL SAFETY: More than 2,500 students don't go to their Seminole County high school on Monday after officials find a threat written on a bathroom wall, the Orlando Sentinel reports.