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Florida education news: Common Core, teacher evaluations, student arrests and more

Published Oct. 19, 2013

WHAT ABOUT THE STANDARDS? Public hearings about the Common Core drown in anti-government rhetoric. • Alachua teachers seem to like the new standards, the Gainesville Sun reports.

EVERYONE'S EFFECTIVE: Nearly all Hernando teachers earn satisfactory evaluations even while some of their school grades sink.

NEW TRADITION: Some St. Petersburg High seniors are unhappy with the decision to hold graduation at Tropicana Field.

CLOSER LOOK: Pinellas district officials examine the numbers of student arrests at schools.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Pasco's Cotee River Elementary starts a new club for students to help one another.

FIX IT: University Prep charter school needs to improve its operations for the good of south St. Petersburg, the Times editorializes.

LABOR NEWS: Broward teachers reach a tentative contract deal including raises averaging 5 percent, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

NEW NAME: The advisory committee of a Duval school named after a KKK grand wizard prepares to vote on whether to seek a new school name, the Florida Times-Union reports.

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT: A Holmes elementary school teacher is arrested for paddling a handicapped 5-year-old student, the Holmes County Times Advertiser reports.