Florida education news: Testing, payouts, black bears and more
TOO MUCH: The University of Florida exceeded legal limits for payouts when it bought out a former athletic director and assistant football coach.
IN THE RACE: One candidate for Hernando County School Board drops out as another enters the fray.
VISITORS: For the second time in a week a black bear wanders onto a Lee elementary school campus, Fox 4 reports.
TESTING: Leon parents gather to discuss opting out of state tests and find some support from their superintendent, WFSU reports. • The Florida Department of Education makes arrangements for deaf and hard of hearing students to have their tests read to them, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Lee's superintendent calls on teachers to test less in their classrooms, ABC 7 reports.
PROMOTIONS: The ACLU claims Indian River minority teachers do not get adequate opportunity for advancement, TCPalm reports.
NEVER MIND: Nearly 300 Duval teachers receive notice they qualify for a performance bonus, and then another telling them they won't get the money after all, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Duval superintendent Nikolai Vitti, who has sparred with board members, gives himself a strong self-evaluation, the Florida Times-Union reports.
MUSICAL CHAIRS: Nine Marion schools will get new principals, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
CONSTRUCTION: Florida is one of three states to meet minimum industry standards for capital construction investment, Education Week reports.
TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A Palm Beach teacher is disciplined for inappropriate comments to students, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LEADERSHIP: Leon high school students spend a day learning leadership skills from government and business officials, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.