Florida education news: Politics, testing, sick leave and more
US VS. THEM: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia is caught on a live microphone criticizing members of the School Board.
20 DAYS OF TESTING: Florida's top lawmakers had it essentially right in their contention that PARCC testing would "consume" schools and students "approximately 20 days," PolitiFact Florida rules.
NO BIG DEAL: PARCC consortium leaders and observers say the group will survive with or without Florida's participation, State Impact Florida reports.
STICKING WITH IT: Broward prepares to renew its contract for online education services with K12 Inc. despite past performance concerns, the Miami Herald reports.
MISLEADING: Florida needs to do a better job of assessing students and schools fairly and without politics, the Bradenton Herald editorializes.
CAMPUS COPS: The Okaloosa School Board adds $500,000 to its budget for armed officers in every school, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
SHARED SICK LEAVE: The Marion school district creates a sick leave bank for employees to share their paid days off, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.