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Florida education news: Teacher evaluations, lacrosse, Common Core and more

Published Nov. 14, 2012

elia_248006a.jpegAFTERMATH: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia puts five teaching aides on paid leave while the district investigates their role in the death of a student in their care. • School Board member Susan Valdes blasts Elia and board chairwoman Candy Olson over their remarks and reactions to the deaths of two special needs students. (Times photo, Eve Edelheit)

STREAMLINING: Pasco superintendent-elect Kurt Browning prepares to reorganize the school district administration.

FLAWS: Pinellas superintendent Mike Grego tells teachers who received poor evaluations that he will put a letter in their files explaining that the new rating system was a work in progress.

REJECTED: Pasco elementary school teachers lose the first round of their class-action grievance against their growing work load.

NEW GAME: The Hillsborough School Board approves lacrosse as a new high school sport.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Election provides real-life lesson for Gulf Middle School students • Pinellas, Hillsborough named to "honor roll" for AP classes

MEET AND GREET: Duval's new superintendent listens to student concerns on his second day on the job, the Florida Times-Union reports.

MESSY: Florida's attempt to implement Common Core standards leads to a legal battle over a related website, Education Week reports.

BACK OFF: The St. Johns School Board calls on lawmakers to reduce the state's dependence on high-stakes tests, the St. Augustine Record reports.

EMPLOYEE ACTIONS: A Broward school bus driver and an aide will be dismissed amid accusations they choked an autistic student, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • A Broward teacher is suspended 60 days over a business deal gone bad that cost the district $25,000, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Citrus suspends the Crystal River High head football coach for using foul language, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

HEALTHY SAVINGS: Collier's new employee health program leads to fewer illnesses and decreased costs for the school district, the Naples Daily News reports.

LABOR NEWS: Indian River non-union employees get their salary cuts from 2008 restored, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.

WELCOME: John Stewart takes over as interim Polk County superintendent, the Ledger reports. • A new superintendent takes over the troubled Jefferson County school district, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.