Florida education news: Performing arts, teacher discipline, student rights and more
LET'S MAKE A DEAL: With added state funds dried up, Pasco-Hernando State College turns to the Pasco school district to jointly construct a performing arts center.
TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Pasco teacher accused of making racially insensitive comments to students is suspended three days and transferred to a different school. • The case of a Duval teacher accused of fighting a student is sent to the State Attorney's Office, the Florida Times-Union reports. • A Broward high school principal faces suspension over problems in his school's debate program, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TAKE A HIKE: About 7,500 Hillsborough County high school students living closer than 2 miles from campus lose their courtesy bus rides.
STUDENT RIGHTS: A federal appellate court rules that Lake County students have the right to form a gay-straight alliance club at their middle school, the Daily Commercial reports.
R.I.P.: Former Florida universities chancellor Charles Reed has died, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: Florida lawmakers consider selling bonds to add to the PECO fund, but call the idea a last resort, the Naples Daily News reports. • The Citrus County Commission extends its school impact fee moratorium by four months, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • The Santa Rosa school district agrees to buy new office space, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • The Florida Department of Education withdraws a controversial charter school construction funding rule amid challenges, Politico Florida reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Two schools that inappropriately received money from sister charter schools in Miami-Dade will repay the amount, the Miami Herald reports.
STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Six Alachua high school students are suspended following a campus brawl, the Gainesville Sun reports.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: The Clay School Board calls for an investigation into allegations that local schools intentionally mislabeled students as disabled, the Florida Times-Union reports.
STAFF MOVES: Marion County's new superintendent reduces administrative jobs to add more educators in classrooms, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
RIPPED OFF: A former Miami-Dade high school athletic director stole more than $3,000 in student-athlete fees, the Miami Herald reports.
ADDED SERVICES: Duval superintendent Nikolai Vitti calls for more mental health services for students, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: The Lee School Board likes what it sees in plans for its new high school in Bonita Springs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Palm Beach superintendent Robert Avossa is the fourth highest paid superintendent among the nation's largest school districts and could rise if he gets a proposed 3 percent raise, the Palm Beach Post reports.