Florida education news: School restaffing, physical education, tutoring and more
RIGHT ANSWER? Pasco's Lacoochee Elementary School, pressured to restaff because of persistently low FCAT performance, has seen consistent teacher turnover in recent years already.
EXERCISE: Pinellas elementary schools explore moving away from daily physical education courses to ease teacher schedules for purposes of calculating value-added evaluations.
DEAL: Florida House and Senate budget negotiators near agreement on a plan to relieve school districts of the requirement that they provide private tutoring.
TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS: Students at several Hillsborough schools learn about empathy and conflict resolution.
NEW LIFE: A bill to overhaul Florida high school sports governance passes the House and gains traction in the Senate, the Miami Herald reports.
NO MORE FAILURE? Broward school leaders consider making students' minimum score on school work 50 rather than zero as a motivation, but some people say it's not fair, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
OPTIONS: Florida will consider tests other than PARCC for its Common Core assessment, State Impact Florida reports.
ARRESTED: A Clay County teacher is arrested for posession of cocaine in her classroom, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NICE SURPRISE: A Sarasota teacher gets a $220 gift of classroom supplies from someone she doesn't know, the Herald-Tribune reports.
NIMBY: Residents of a Miami-Dade community fight to stop a new charter school for 2,000 students from rising nearby, the Miami Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: Indian River teachers reach a contract agreement that would provide salary step raises, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
BRACE FOR IT: Palm Beach officials warn that school grades will likely drop amid changes to the state formula, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Leaders at two Polk schools with F's last year expect better results this year, the Ledger reports.
LANGUAGES: Okaloosa high schools look into expanding Chinese language offerings, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.