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.