TEACHER PAY: How much extra work are teachers willing to take on for a pay raise? The Pasco County school district will soon find out, as it places a controversial two-year salary plan on the negotiating table. The School Board has included 3 percent raises in its budget.
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: Hillsborough County parents and other residents begin to offer their input on what they’d like to see in the district’s next chief executive. Will former leader MaryEllen Elia be a contender? Not likely, as she’s just taken a new consulting job with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
‘SCARED TO DEATH’: Some Florida parents and lawmakers call for a reduction in school active shooter drills, Florida Phoenix reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Leon County charter school that almost didn’t get approved now has a location and a principal, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
COLLEGE CHANGES: Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran pushes for funding and other changes in the state’s college system as a way to heighten their success, the News Service of Florida reports.
HELPING HAND: A community foundation establishes a new grant to support Duval County teachers, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TAX FUNDS: Added revenue from the Manatee County school district’s new local-option property tax increase will pay for more than teacher raises, the Bradenton Herald reports.
STUDENT ATHLETES: The House PreK-12 Innovation committee talks about health concerns for student athletes, without reaching any conclusions, Florida Politics reports.
SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION: Palm Beach County superintendent Donald Fennoy gets a ‘highly effective’ rating from his board, putting him in line for a raise, the Palm Beach Post reports.
VIRTUAL SCHOOL: Florida Virtual School, recently taken over by the state, hires new executives with little education experience but strong ties to the Republican party, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NEW SCHOOLS: Plans for a new K-8 school to serve a growing part of St. Johns County run into siting problems, the St. Augustine Record reports.
ARRESTED: Two Osceola County students are arrested on accusations of plotting to shoot up a middle school, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Ten Hillsborough County students are arrested after a series of fights at Lennard High School, Fox 13 reports.