Religion, contract talks, charter schools and more
TOO MUCH? In Tampa, leaders of the Jewish Community Relations Council tell school officials they are concerned that the district's partnership with a Baptist church crosses the line.
STATE OF THE UNIONS: Two big school district in Tampa Bay, two completely different situations. Following last week's resounding contract rejection, leaders of the Pinellas County teachers union think they now have a deal the membership will like. In Hillsborough, meanwhile, bitterness sets in as contract talks break down and the district says raises wouldn't be retroactive to July. In Volusia County, the district and teachers are still at odds over a contract, and the sticking point is insuurance.
CHARTERS: Another move is afoot to put the state in charge of approving charter schools, Travis Pillow of redefinED reports.
WE'RE GOOD: The University of Florida pays the federal government $20 million to settle allegations it played loose with grant money, Associated Press reports.
MORE STEM: A new STEM college will open at USF Sarasota-Manatee in the fall of 2016, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LOOKING INTO IT: The Department of Children and Families is investigating a Naples charter school over two incidents, including an "underwear check," the Naples Daily News reports.
LAND BARONS: The Miami-Dade school system has had a hand in some fairly large real estate developments recently, the Miami Herald reports.
GOOD CAUSE: A group of students and adults at Astronaut High in Brevard County is working to prevent suicides, Florida Today reports.
NEW LEADERSHIP: The new chairman of the FAMU board of trustees is a Jacksonville man who also serves as the CFO of Florida State College, the Florida Times-Union reports.
MORE INFOROMATION: The medical examiner says a powerful designer drug played a role in the deaths this year of two New College students, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.
MORE ON CLASS SIZE: As with the rest of the state, class size caps for most schools in South Florida are calculated using more lenient school-wide averages, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NICE DIGS: Developers in Gainesville are building more than 2,500 apartment units over the next two years for UF students, and the market is decidedly high-end, the Gainesville Sun reports.