Florida education news: Principals, teacher assistants, testing and more
KEY COMPONENT: The principal will play a critical role in the improvement efforts of five Pinellas schools.
IMPORTANT, TOO: Often underpaid, teaching assistants make a big difference in schools' strides toward success, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SMALL STEPS: Florida moves to end of standardized testing for students with profound disabilities, yet questions remain, Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell writes.
STEM SUCCESS: Students from three Manatee high schools partner to win the national F1 balsa car racing championship, the Bradenton Herald reports.
RUINED RIDES: Ten Lee school buses are damaged or destroyed in a weekend fire, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
CUTTING BACK: Florida State College at Jacksonville plans to cut staff as its enrollment declines, the Florida Times-Union reports. • The Volusia School Board will vote whether to outsource custodial services, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
CASHING IN: Florida political watchers say Gov. Rick Scott's recent change in approach to education might not win over teachers when election time comes, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LABOR NEWS: Monroe teachers and administration take baby steps toward improved negotiations after a year of impasse, the Keynoter reports.