Florida education news: Teacher pay, constitutional amendments, student rights and more
TEACHER PAY: Adjunct professors at Hillsborough Community College unionize in search of better pay.
CONSTITUTION REVISION: Republican leaders intend to revisit some hot education issues such as an elected commissioner with Florida's pending constitutional revision, the Miami Herald reports.
STUDENT RIGHTS: A Lake County student celebrates a federal court ruling that would require her middle school to let classmates start a gay-straight alliance, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LONGER DAYS: A Palm Beach school district study indicates a state-mandated extra hour of reading instruction for its lowest performing elementary schools is having little positive effect, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TESTING: The Volusia school district cuts the number of tests it requires for elementary students, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS: The Sarasota school district lessens its criteria for hiring substitute teachers, the Herald-Tribune reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Manatee teachers union and school district pick a magistrate to help resolve their contract negotiations, the Bradenton Herald reports.
FLYING THE FLAG: Students at Citrus County's only public charter school that doesn't fly the American flag on a pole work to change that, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
PUBLIC RECORDS: Questions arise over why Duval school district officials didn't know more about a Virginia teacher's employment problems before they hired him, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Monroe School Board prepares to extend superintendent Mark Porter's contract after he stops looking elsewhere for jobs, the Keynoter reports. • One of the seven candidates for Lake County superintendent withdraws, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CAREER READY: The Volusia school district adds six new career academies, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TASTE TEST: The Broward school district asks students to rate new vegetarian menu items for their cafeterias, the Sun-Sentinel reports.