Florida education news: Teacher contracts, hurricane response, report cards and more
JOB SECURITY: The Pinellas school district joins a growing list of systems agreeing in contract to guarantee jobs to teachers with annual contracts who earn an "effective" or "highly effective" evaluation.
HANDS-ON: Pasco's Anclote High health students get real world experience screening students at a middle school. * Hernando's Parrott Middle offers students career insights with its new agriscience course.
AFTERMATH: St. Johns schools help students and families displaced by Hurricane Matthew, the St. Augustine Record reports. * The Volusia School Board will review the district's hurricane response for possible improvements, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
REPORT CARDS: Leon district officials want to reconsider giving letter grades to elementary students, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: The Okeechobee School Board debates whether to follow the law that lets students opt out of saying the pledge, the Okeechobee News reports.
TURNAROUNDS: A Volusia middle school tries to boost student performance after four consecutive D grades, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Monroe School Board decides to publicly discuss their superintendent's 2015 evaluation, the Keynoter reports.
GETTING AHEAD: Students at Boca Raton University High can simultaneously earn a high school diploma and bachelors degree, the Associated Press reports.
LABOR NEWS: Citrus County teachers prepare to begin new contract talks, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
STUDENT SAFETY: A new Miami-Dade program looks to the community in its efforts to help 2,000 students identified at risk of violence, the Miami Herald reports.
SOCIAL MEDIA: The Miami-Dade school police department's effort to expand its Twitter reach leads to some off-message tweets, the Miami Herald reports.
WHO IS SHE? Until she moved to dump the superintendent, Duval's School Board chairwoman appeared to be on his side, the Florida Times-Union reports.
MISSING MONEY: An audit reveals that someone might have taken money from a Palm Beach elementary school and tried to cover it up, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SCHOOL ZONES: A Palm Beach community pushes back against a staff recommendation to redraw attendance boundaries, the Palm Beach Post reports.
COMMUNICATION: Several Polk principals plan to hold "state of the school" sessions for the public, the Ledger reports.
CONSTRUCTION FUNDS: The Manatee School Board asks voters to extend the district's local sales tax for school capital projects, the Herald-Tribune reports.