Florida education news: Rookie teachers, tourism, hurricane aftermath and more
ROOKIE TEACHERS: Hillsborough's neediest schools routinely get the least teachers. * The Pinellas district and teachers union partner to train brand new teachers in the lowest performing schools.
HOSPITALITY: Miami-Dade schools and colleges expand their programs in tourism education to meet the growing demand, the Miami Herald reports.
DAYS OFF: Broward students might not have to make up days missed because of Hurricane Matthew's threat, the Sun-Sentinel reports. * Volusia and Flagler schools remain closed Monday and Tuesday in the storm's aftermath, Fox 35 Orlando reports. * Palm Beach district officials will consider creating a half-day plan for schools in case they need to close early because of weather, the Palm Beach Post reports.
CLASSROOM CHALLENGES: An Okaloosa middle school uses its electives to offer students more advanced, hands-on curriculum, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
PRIVATE SCHOOL ATMOSPHERE: A Manatee family that has sent at least one of its children to Stewart Elementary for 21 years praises its climate and approach as a reason they haven't looked elsewhere, the Bradenton Herald reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: An embattled Bay charter school group gets permission to build a new elementary school, the Panama City News Herald reports.
CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: Palm Beach county officials look into increasing the local sales tax to support school and other infrastructure needs, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SUNSHINE LAW: Private webinars for Florida Coalition of School Board Members participants might violate Florida's open meetings laws, Politico Florida reports.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: A private Christian academy could become the first private school in southern Santa Rosa County, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: The Herald-Tribune reviews the three finalists for Sarasota superintendent.
LABOR NEWS: Escambia teachers negotiate a small raise into their new contract, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.