Florida education news: Special education, charter schools, plagiarism and more
SPECIAL NEEDS: Florida lawmakers debate just how much say parents should have in determining the education plans for their children with learning and other disabilities.
STUNG: A Hillsborough Chamberlain High School teacher is fired after he is arrested in an underage sex sting.
STOP THE MADNESS: The Florida Legislature should end its reliance on charter schools as the solution to all that ails public education, the Times editorializes.
BAD IDEAS: Manatee's new superintendent sets a poor example for students by plagiarizing his first board assignment, Herald-Tribune columnist Tom Lyons writes. • A Duval second grade teacher faces suspension for using coloring pages of lynchings and minstrel caricatures in her African-American history lessons, the Florida Times-Union reports.
EARLY OUT: Lee superintendent Joseph Burke plans to retire a year before his contract ends amid recent controversy over his performance, the Naples Daily News reports. More from the Fort Myers News-Press.
LEGAL MANEUVERS: The Manatee School Board discusses how to reorganize its legal services, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SCHOOL SALE? Interested buyers contact the Brevard school district about purchasing closed school buildings even before they're shut down, Florida Today reports.
SCHOOL STARTS: Florida lawmakers consider allowing classes to begin a week earlier than currently permitted in law, the Panama City News Herald reports.
SAFE AND SECURE: Volusia schools take several steps to ensure student safety, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
UNIQUE VIEWS: Florida House speaker Will Weatherford says his own upbringing through home schooling and private education impacts the way he views education policy, State Impact Florida reports.