Florida education news: Teaching styles, bonuses, vaping and more
HOW HARSH? Questions arise about how far a teacher can go in talking to students after the disciplinary action taken against a successful but brash Pasco County teacher.
BONUSES: Florida lawmakers aim to expand the controversial Best and Brightest bonus that many teachers dislike. • Miami-Dade teachers got their share of the first round last week, the Miami Herald reports.
IGNORED: Parents at five struggling Pinellas elementary schools tell of being intimidated and ignored when they sought to get involved.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Confusion surrounds plans for a troubled charter school group in Pinellas County.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Manatee School Board members consider changing their rules for speakers at board meetings, the Bradenton Herald reports.
REZONING: Manatee district officials continue to explain plans for closing a school and redrawing attendance boundaries, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PROBLEM SOLVING: Collier fifth graders train for Florida's Odyssey of the Mind competition, the Naples Daily News reports.
VISITOR: Lee's Three Oaks Elementary Bears go into lockdown as a real bear finds its way onto campus, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
HIGH TECH: Duval schools look into expanding students' choices for computer coding courses, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BAD RELATIONS: Teachers at a Palm Beach school say their principal and area superintendent have been harassing students who complained about not having a permanent math teacher, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TEACHER PAY: Marion County's inexperienced teachers tend to cluster at the district's neediest schools, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
TOBACCO FREE: Brevard district leaders examine whether their tobacco free policy extends to vaping, Florida Today reports.