Florida education news: New teachers, volunteer hours, early retirement and more
WELCOME: About 1,000 new Hillsborough County teachers gather for a welcome rally with superintendent MaryEllen Elia.
TIME TO GIVE: A longtime Hernando schools volunteer seeks reinstatement after being banned for a long-ago felony conviction.
BENEFIT CUTS: The Pasco school district proposes eliminating a local early retirement plan.
MEETING NEEDS: Monroe's superintendent prepares to identify and improve learning problems at struggling schools, the Keynoter reports.
EXTRA CREDIT: The state permits $250 debit cards for teachers to use for school supplies, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SO CLOSE: A Broward charter school still can't open in its chosen location with classes slated to begin in weeks, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Monroe officials look to get teachers to voluntarily teach extra periods when needed, the Keynoter reports.
MARKETING: Flagler schools hit the radio airwaves to promote programs in an increasingly competitive education market, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
EVALUATIONS: Leon County revises its teacher evaluations to make sure teachers are rated on their own students' performance, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
ADDED SECURITY: Alachua schools add cameras and ID scanning systems as they ramp up security measures for the new year, the Gainesville Sun reports.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Some Alachua girls attend a two-day program to prepare for attending middle school, the Gainesville Sun reports.