Florida education news: Teacher evaluations, media specialists, student discipline and more
BE FAIR: Seven Florida teachers file suit against the state's evaluation system that has many rated using the performance of students they have not taught. More from the Pensacola News-Journal, the Associated Press. • Miami-Dade officials look for ways to improve implementation of teacher evaluations, the Miami Herald reports.
TIME ON TASK: Pinellas superintendent Mike Grego looks for ways to extend the school year for struggling students. • Grego's plans for improving Pinellas schools appear promising, the Times editorializes.
SAVE OUR SCHOOL: A group of Shady Hills Elementary School parents fights the Pasco school district's plan to temporarily reassign their children to a middle school while their campus is rebuilt.
TRY, TRY AGAIN: Conservative activist Terry Kemple prepares a third bid for Hillsborough School Board.
SPARED FOR NOW: The Pasco School Board delays action on eliminating all media specialist and literacy coach jobs, asking for a more palatable alternative spending cut. • Sarasota media specialists aren't so lucky as their School Board cuts their positions, the Herald-Tribune reports.
MOVING ON: The provost of Pasco-Hernando Community College's north campus is reassigned to open the college's new Wesley Chapel branch.
LEADERSHIP POSTS: Hernando's choice for superintendent asks for more in her contract than the School Board has offered. • Two unsuccessful candidates for Manatee superintendent seek to become the district's deputy chief, the Bradenton Herald reports. • A former Pinellas district official is chosen to lead support services for the Palm Beach district, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BIG DIFFERENCE: The Florida Board of Education questions its staff's new estimates on the cost to equip all schools with needed technology, State Impact Florida reports.
CASE BY CASE: The Broward School Board seeks to radically change its suspension and expulsion practices, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SAFETY: Lee officials look to double the number of law enforcement officers assigned to elementary schools, the Naples Daily News reports.