Florida education news: School security, performance pay, college readiness and more
SECURITY GUARDS: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia reintroduces a proposal to place armed officers at every district elementary school. • Elementary schools in six Broward cities will get police officers assigned to their campuses, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • A Sarasota third grader brings a loaded pistol to school, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SPIRITUAL JOURNEY: Students at a private Islamic school in Tampa learn lessons of the hajj.
PERFORMANCE PAY: Florida lawmakers express disappointment that school districts aren't using performance measures in teacher pay raise calculations.
UNPREPARED: Many Flagler and Volusia high school students aren't ready for college academics, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
FUNDING WOES: Recent changes to Florida's education funding formula may have depressed enrollment at Florida Virtual School, the Florida Current reports.
DISCIPLINE: Complaints mount that Okaloosa schools disproportionately discipline black students, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
VIRTUAL LEARNING: UF Online will open for business in January, the News Service of Florida reports.
AT ODDS: Monroe's superintendent is questioned over giving a raise to an administrator without board approval, the Keynoter reports.
UNWELCOME: Edison State College considers a policy to bar convicted felons from admission, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. More on the availability of offender information from the Orlando Sentinel.