Florida education news: School security, teacher workload, Valentine's Day and more
STEP IT UP: Several Pinellas schools increase security because of principal fears following last December's shooting in Sandy Hook, Conn. • The town of Davie considers a tax to pay for cops in all its public schools, the Miami Herald reports. • Flagler places patrols at all five of its elementary schools, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
GETTING CLOSER: Pasco elementary school teachers are hopeful that their grievance over workload demands is close to resolution.
NEVER TOO YOUNG: A Hernando private school opens its science lab, once for older students, to the youngest kids.
CLOSED: A reform school for girls in north Florida shuts down after an investigation details abuse there.
WHERE'S THE LOVE? Some Orange County high schools ban Valentine's Day gifts and cards, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
MONEY FIGHT: It's government vs. government as Pembroke Pines seeks a share of the Broward school district's funding for the city's charter schools, Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo writes.
FEWER STRINGS: Miami-Dade School Board members praise Gov. Rick Scott's education budget proposal, but seek more flexibility in his plans, the Miami Herald reports. • Palm Beach officials warn that despite proposed funding increases, the budget still faces shortfalls, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Volusia leaders say that their recent move outsourcing some services won't be the district's final budget cuts, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
SUE YOU: Martin's finance director threatens to sue the district superintendent if he's not allowed back into his office, the Stuart News reports.
DEALING WITH IT: Leaders and teachers at three Brevard schools slated for closure try to keep things moving as usual in the vote aftermath, Florida Today reports.
ONLINE U: The University of Florida looks to take the lead in the State University System's effort to coordinate all online course offerings, the Gainesville Sun reports.