Florida education news: School days, world religions, teacher resignations and more
SCHOOL DAYS: Florida legislative leaders set their sights on making sure students have as much instructional time as possible. • New Senate president Joe Negron lays out his education priorities for the coming session, WUSF reports.
WORLD RELIGIONS: Students at a Hernando elementary school learn about holiday traditions from around the world.
TO THE WHITE HOUSE: A Pasco County high school freshman is selected as a Kid Science Advisor to President Obama.
OUTTA HERE: Volusia schools lose about 400 teachers a year for a variety of factors including pay, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
GETTING ATTENDANCE UP: A Marion elementary school encourages attendance by making its car line fun, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
DIVERSITY: Bay County enrollment is segregating along socioeconomic lines between traditional and charter schools, the Panama City News Herald reports.
LEADERSHIP: The Miami-Dade School Board gets its first new chairman in six years, the Miami Herald reports. • Palm Beach superintendent Robert Avossa says he'll do without a raise this year after the proposal becomes a flash point, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ADULT EDUCATION: Santa Rosa libraries offer an online high school program for people still wanting a diploma, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
RETIREMENT DILEMMA: Ousted Leon superintendent Jackie Pons has two weeks to find a new job in the Florida Retirement System or face losing about $200,000, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION: The Citrus County Commission will consider reinstating school impact fees, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • Concurrency gives St. Johns school officials a voice in trying to manage rapid residential development, the St. Augustine Record reports.
SCHOOL VIOLENCE: Broward School Board members want to reduce bullying in schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.