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Florida education news: Teacher evaluations, media centers, debit cards and more



ON DEFENSE: Former Rodgers Middle assistant principal Shawn Livingston tries to save his career during a grievance hearing on his demotion. • A Pinellas school bus driver continues to defend his inaction during a violent fight on his bus. The story has drawn national reaction, including a discussion in northeast Florida about what drivers are expected to do during fights, the St. Augustine Record reports.

OVERHAUL: The Pinellas school district reworks its teacher evaluations to have educators rated on the students they teach, but officials say more work is needed.

LEADERSHIP: Brooksville Elementary gets a new principal.

BIG CHANGES: Few Pasco media specialists end up running media centers after the district eliminates several jobs and rewrites the qualifications.

STICK AROUND: Four Pinellas middle schools could get new academic programs to make them more interesting to students and families.

IF WE HAVE TO: Pasco School Board members approve a charter for a virtual school by K12 Inc. despite major reservations.

CONFUSED: Alachua School Board members talk about school grading and how to avoid being distracted by the recent dustup, the Gainesville Sun reports.

CLEARED: A Broward teacher accused of abusing students is reinstated after a judge clears him of wrongdoing, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SURPRISE: Duval superintendent Nikolai Vitti cuts the pay of some longtime administrators, the Florida Times-Union reports.

DEBIT CARDS: Many Florida school districts don't take up Gov. Rick Scott's offer of debit cards for teachers to use on school supplies, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

DUAL ENROLLMENT: Alachua schools aren't affected by changes to dual enrollment funding, the Gainesville Sun reports.

STOP THE CORE: Protesters call for an end to the Common Core outside the Broward School Board meeting, the Miami Herald reports.

LAPTOP RULES: Flagler officials continue to hash out exactly how a laptops for all program will work, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

LABOR NEWS: Collier teachers and the district remain at odds over pay, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 6:13am]


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