Florida education news: School choice, superintendent search, teacher raises and more
MORE CHOICES: Pinellas schools hope to attract more students with new magnet programs. • An advisory committee focuses on meeting student interests as it explores ways to offer more education options in Pasco schools.
BULLYING: The Hernando school district holds its first anti-bullying town hall meeting, which is lightly attended.
BACKGROUND NOISE: A spat over Common Core preceded Sally Bradshaw's abrupt departure from the Florida Board of Education, the Florida Times-Union reports.
QUICK SEARCH: The Flagler School Board kicks off its search for a new superintendent with a tight time line, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
DOUBLE DIPPING: The Alachua district re-examines its local deferred-retirement plan that allows employees to retire and return to work in the same position, the Gainesville Sun reports.
LIFE LESSONS: Some Manatee high school students use their hydroponics lessons to supply food to needy residents, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Students at Miami-Dade's Design Architecture Senior High design homes for the homeless, the Miami Herald reports.
POLITICAL PRESSURE: The recently resigned superintendent of the McKeel charter school system pressured employees to make political contributions, the Ledger reports.
LABOR NEWS: State officials deem illegal Monroe's plans for teacher raise funds, the Keynoter reports.