Florida education news: Teacher transfers, student rights, testing and more
TEACHER TRANSFERS: The Pasco County school district drops its proposed ban on midyear job transfers for teachers after a union challenge.
GROWTH: The Brevard County School Board approves a plan to build new schools and reopen a shuttered campus to deal with rising enrollment, Florida Today reports.
SCHOOL SAFETY: An Okaloosa County high school receives two threats of violence in a week, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
SPEAKING OUT: Palm Beach County district officials pressure students and parents to not speak about school issues at a public School Board meeting, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BOARD POLITICS: The Manatee County School Board decides not to pursue single-member districts, the Bradenton Herald reports.
BONUS PAY: Almost 200 Treasure Coast teachers receive Best and Brightest bonuses, as others push to eliminate the controversial program, TC Palm reports.
TESTING: A Manatee County School Board member gains no traction in seeking a moratorium on district-mandated tests, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Polk County School Board prepares to extend Jacqueline Byrd's contract as superintendent, the Ledger reports.
EMPLOYEE DISCIPLINE: Two Manatee County school district employees responsible for a breach of worker personal data are reprimanded, the Bradenton Herald reports.
FINANCES: An audit uncovers problems with the internal funds of Polk County's technical college, the Ledger reports.
PLAY TIME: Legislation to require daily elementary school recess faces less resistance in the Florida Legislature this year with the removal of a line that would have barred taking away recess as discipline, the Miami Herald reports.
TRACKING STUDENTS: The Duval County school district will use new computerized student identification cards to link into student data more easily, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SCHOOL GRADING: State officials end an investigation into whether Clay County school district officials intentionally mislabled students as disabled to avoid counting their test scores in school grades, the Florida Times-Union reports.
OUTSOURCING: The Volusia County School Board approves a $200,000 increase in its custodial service payment, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
REBRANDING: An Orange County middle school named after Confederate general Robert E. Lee will now be called College Park Middle, the Orlando Sentinel reports.