Florida education news: Partnership schools, teacher discipline, computer coding and more
SMALL SCHOOLS: The Pinellas County school district considers reopening a shuttered Clearwater elementary as a partnership school for government employees' children.
TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Pasco teacher takes leave when threatened with suspension for inappropriate comments to students. • A Gadsden County teacher faces child abuse charges, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
IN THE HOUSE: The Florida House hotly debates education issues including charter schools rules and funding, the News Service of Florida reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel. • Lawmakers don't expect a proposal to change Florida's per-student funding formula to pass, the Daily Commercial reports. • A bill would change the rules for school rules regarding the daily Pledge of Allegiance, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Several education bills are ready for a House floor vote, Politico Florida reports.
LABOR NEWS: The United Teachers of Dade elects its first Hispanic president, the Miami Herald reports. • The Volusia teachers union challenges the cost of a new district technology consultant, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
COMPUTER CODING: An expert says it's not a foreign language, despite Florida lawmakers' efforts, Vox reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Duval charter school faces scrutiny amid complaints that it promotes religion, the Florida Times-Union reports.
LEADERSHIP: Polk School Board members speculate on the future of an assistant superintendent who brought down the recently resigned superintendent, the Ledger reports.
FRESH FOOD: The Alachua school district will expand its Farm to School cafeteria program, the Gainesville Sun reports.
SUSPENSIONS: The local NAACP wants to review Flagler student discipline amid concerns that suspensions of black students are increasing, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
RESTRUCTURING: Palm Beach superintendent Robert Avossa wants to cut administrative jobs to put more money into schools, the Palm Beach Post reports.