Florida education news: Wall of Shame, after-school programs, tutoring and more
SHAMEFUL: A St. Petersburg College professor finds a whiteboard in the teachers lounge at Tampa Jefferson High School where teachers poke fun at student questions and they call it the Wall of Shame. Shame on them, the professor writes back, igniting anger among the staff.
PROGRAM CUTS: The Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition might eliminate subsidies for elementary school-aged children to attend after-school programs.
STOP THE MADNESS: Florida lawmakers should end support of SES tutoring as the state's NCLB waiver allows, the Times editorializes.
BIG GIFT: The Morsani family makes a multimillion dollar donation to the University of Tampa, one of its biggest gifts ever.
ARRESTED: A 14-year-old student at a Pinellas school serving students with disabilities is arrested on accusations of sexually molesting a younger child in the school bathroom. • Two boys are arrested after giving out pot-laced brownies at their Volusia middle school, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
STANDOUTS: Two finalists for Manatee superintendent get the most attention from a citizens advisory board, the Herald Tribune reports.
LET'S MAKE A DEAL: A downtown Miami real estate deal sits at the heart of United Teachers of Dade politics, the Miami Herald reports.
STILL UNHAPPY: Lee teachers get their value-added evaluation rankings, and they don't like the system, the Naples Daily News reports. But they do get effective ratings, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Senate president Don Gaetz says charter schools shouldn't have to evaluate their teachers in the same way as traditional public schools, State Impact Florida reports.
SPEAKER SPAT: A conservative group is upset after a representative invited to speak at a Palm Beach high school is told to leave, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
FIRING OFFENSE? Brevard Community College officials are pushing for the dismissal of an algebra professor who pressured her students to vote for Barack Obama, Florida Today reports.
MORE CHOICES: Palm Beach expects 18 new charter schools to open by fall, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NEVER MIND: A bill to make it easier to get a McKay scholarship is withdrawn from consideration, Redefined reports.