Florida education news: Teacher of the Year, GPAs, sequestration and more
TOP TEACHER: Safety Harbor Middle School teacher Joanne Wright is named Pinellas 2013 Teacher of the Year.
WHAT'S IT WORTH? Pinellas district leaders consider devaluing the weight of honors courses for student grade point averages.
ACROSS THE BOARD: Florida education programs would lose funding in the federal sequestration, translating into lost jobs and fewer services to students.
READY OR NOT: New FCAT writing rules suggest that students must complete more polished essays than before, and they get just 15 extra minutes to do so, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SCARY: Students at a Manatee Montessori school tell a hearing officer that a proposed shooting club near their campus would upset them and their school's tranquility, the Herald-Tribune reports.
NOT LIKELY: An online survey of teachers shows that a large majority would not bring guns to school even if allowed to arm themselves, USA Today reports.
SHUT OUT: Brevard parents angry they weren't allowed to speak at public meetings on school closures had no legal right to speak, Florida Today reports.
UPSET: Florida Atlantic University students protest a deal to name the school's stadium after a private jail firm, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TICK, TOCK: Time is running out for students who want to complete their GED before it becomes more difficult and costly, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
BACKING DOWN: Florida Polytechnic University officials reconsider their request for an added $25 million from the state, the Ledger reports.
SIGNING ON: Manatee's new superintendent agrees to contract terms with the School Board, the Herald-Tribune reports.