Florida education news: School grades, charter schools, teacher evaluations and more
SCHOOL GRADES: The Florida Board of Education narrowly votes to protect schools from multiple letter-grade drops in the face of changing criteria. The grading system needs a meaningful overhaul and not just bandages, the Times editorializes. Additional coverage from Bradenton Herald, Sun-Sentinel, Florida Times-Union, Ocala Star-Banner, Miami Herald, Fort Myers News-Press, Tallahassee Democrat, Gainesville Sun, Palm Beach Post.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Hillsborough creates a new charter schools director position to oversee a growing number of charters. • New charter applicants indicate an interest in opening in Pasco County. • Parents in Hillsborough and Lake question fees being charged by charter schools, Redefined reports.
TEACHER DATA: The Florida Times-Union continues to fight in court for access to state-generated teacher evaluation information, WFSU reports.
CLOSER LOOK: The Manatee district hires a former detective to lead investigations into allegations of teacher wrongdoing, the Herald-Tribune reports.
EXPANSION PLANS: Valencia College looks to open a second campus in Osceola County, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Collier School Board approves bonuses, but no raises, for the 2012-13 teacher contract that recently ended, the Naples Daily News reports.