Florida education news: Teacher unions, student funding, school security and more
THAT'S A WRAP: United School Employees of Pasco president Lynne Webb, one of Florida's longest tenured teacher union presidents, will not seek reelection.
STUDENT FUNDING: Hernando district officials challenge the state student funding model that leaves their district below the state average.
REUNITED: Members of USF's first graduating class return to campus for a special recognition.
SCHOOL SECURITY: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia's plan to put armed officers in every elementary school won't guarantee student safety, the Times editorializes. • Leon schools remain vigilant about potential security breaches a year after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. More from the Florida Times-Union.
LABOR NEWS: Palm Beach teachers reach a tentative contract agreement with the district, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
COMMON CORE: The number of complex word problems associated with the Common Core proves problematic for English-language learners, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Catholic schools examine how Common Core translates into their programs, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BANNED BANDS: Some Orange elementary schools ban rubber band bracelets saying they create a distraction for students, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
UNIMPRESSIVE: Escambia district leaders say their graduation rates aren't good enough, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
PITCH MAN: Former Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett snags a job with ACT, the AP reports.