Florida education news: Tony Bennett, F grades, tax rates and more
UNDER FIRE: Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett defends himself against a report that he used his position to change the grade of an Indiana charter school run by an influential political supporter. See the original AP story and the related emails for more information.
OUSTED: The principal of Hernando Eastside Elementary is removed days after the school receives its first F grade from the state.
IN THE RUNNING: The backer of several reform-minded Hillsborough School Board candidates decides to run for a seat himself.
BUDGETING: The Hillsborough school district tax rate is slated to decrease even as spending looks to rise in key areas.
HEALTHY EATING: All Florida school districts are complying with new federal school nutrition laws, but some complaints still remain, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Charlotte school district begins rehiring laid off teachers and looking at raises for support employees, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • The University of Florida declares impasse in negotiations with faculty, the Gainesville Sun reports.
FOR SALE: The Manatee school district continues to market excess property to raise needed cash, the Bradenton Herald reports.
WAKE UP CALL: The new principal of a Bay elementary school that earned an F grade commits to turning the school around, the Panama City News-Herald reports.