Florida education news: Teacher contracts, good citizenship, religious liberties and more
ANNUAL CONTRACTS: A Florida lawmaker files legislation to stop school districts from offering job protections to teachers on annual contract.
PURPOSE: Florida House leaders say they want schools to focus on making students good citizens, not just good employees, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
RELIGION IN SCHOOLS: A conservative state senator files a bill to expand student and employee religious liberties in public schools, Florida Politics reports.
SCHOOL CHOICE: Central Florida school districts amend their open enrollment rules to allow easier transfers into schools with space, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Lee County's school choice application process begins with hundreds of requests on the first day, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • The Volusia County School Board will revise its open enrollment policy, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TEAMWORK: The Collier County School Board pledges to work more cooperatively together after a divisive year, the Naples Daily News reports.
LABOR NEWS: Stalled Manatee County teacher contract talks head to a special magistrate this week, the Bradenton Herald reports.
OPEN RECORDS: A state lawmaker seeks to shield applications to lead Florida's colleges and universities from the public eye, the News Service of Florida reports.
EMPLOYEE DISCIPLINE: The leader of a Citrus County school is reprimanded for humiliating students in front of their peers, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.