Florida education news: School grades, teacher evaluations, community schools and more
PUBLIC INPUT: Pinellas district leaders ask for community views on what to do with Melrose Elementary School.
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Florida senators question a proposal to create a competitive grant program for after-care funding.
SCHOOL GRADES: Palm Beach district officials are not optimistic about anticipated 2015 school marks, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
EMPLOYEE DISCIPLINE: A Citrus County teacher is suspended amid allegations she gave students drugs, alcohol and sex tips, ABC Action News reports. • A Brevard transportation worker is arrested in connection with a suspected theft ring in district inventory, Florida Today reports. • A Marion high school teacher is suspended for giving students answers to semester tests, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
EVALUATIONS: Orange County teachers are upset over a recent state report showing their district had fewer "highly effective" teachers than others, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
INVESTIGATION: State auditors look into allegations of lacking oversight in a Polk district software purchase, the Ledger reports.
LABOR NEWS: Former Broward teachers union head Pat Santeramo is expected to plead guilty to at least one federal corruption charge, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: Tallahassee city leaders question the Leon district's commitment to opening a community school, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.