Florida education news: Superintendents, substitute teachers, sales tax and more
AN EARFUL: About 30 Florida superintendents give Gov. Rick Scott a piece of their mind on school grades, funding concerns and other education issues.
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED: Pasco leaders seek ways to find and keep substitute teachers on-call for classrooms.
TAX TIME: Hernando officials take steps to put a school sales tax referendum before voters. • The Escambia School Board considers asking voters to approve a local sales tax for school construction, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
FIRED: A Hillsborough teacher is terminated for failing to report that a special-needs student who often ran away had left her class unattended.
DISENGAGED: The Pasco school district reviews results of an employee engagement survey and plans to use the information to improve the culture.
PERFORMANCE PAY: The Hernando teachers union proposes a new pay scale that would have all raises based on performance.
APPROVED: The Pepin Academies receives a 15-year contract to expand into Pasco County.
TESTING: A bill to create local testing blackout dates in the weeks just before and after state assessments wins approval at its first stop in the Florida Legislature, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
HISTORIC: Florida Memorial University names its first female president in its history, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
GUNS ON CAMPUS: A guns-rights group sues Eastern Florida State College over its gun possession policy, Florida Today reports.
NEW LEADER: The Flagler School Board picks its interim superintendent to take the job permanently, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Gov. Rick Scott proposes that new charter schools seeking state construction funding be located in areas with low-performing traditional schools, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.