Florida education news: Teacher evaluations, 'slap-ass Friday,' funding and more
TOP MARKS: Nearly all Florida teachers receive "effective" or "highly effective" ratings in their latest evaluations, raising questions about the changes to the system. More from the Ocala Star-Banner, Sun-Sentinel, Naples Daily News
HANDS OFF: A Pasco mom sees swift action as she demands that her daughter's school put an end to "slap ass Fridays."
SEARCH TEAM: The Flagler district creates an advisory panel to help guide its superintendent search, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
PRIVATE SUPPORT: The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida launches an ambitious fund raising effort to support public schools, Florida Trend reports.
BIG HIT: The financially struggling Manatee school district could see its general fund balance shrink by $7.2 million as the result of a state audit, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.
QUESTIONABLE LOAN: Miami-Dade auditors investigate how a local charter school could provide public money to an unaccredited private college, the Miami Herald reports.
DECORATIONS DOWNSIDE: More than 100 students at a Volusia elementary school can't use their classrooms after a Christmas tree fire, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
UNREPORTED: The principal of Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch is investigated for failure to report child abuse, the Herald-Tribune reports.