WHAT’S BEHIND THE PUSH FOR RAISES? The push to give Florida teachers raises — to the tune of $500 million or more — has gained steam in unusual places this year. The backers include big business and leading Republicans. Business leaders say the proposal simply makes sense, because schools need to pay educators well if they hope to keep them. And a strong education system is key to a vibrant economy. Some cynics, though, see election-year politics at play, GateHouse reports.
SCHOLARSHIP DONATIONS: Fifth Third Bank was one of the first companies to announce it would stop contributing to Florida’s tax credit scholarship program amid concerns it left room for discrimination against LGBTQ youth. After a backlash from scholarship supporters, who said Fifth Third officials didn’t understand the way the program actually works, the bank reversed course. More on the dispute from the Bradenton Herald.
‘YOU’RE GONNA GET SHOT’: A Pasco County high school resource officer is caught on video threatening to shoot a student who is attempting to leave campus without permission, if the student drives any closer to him. The student is expelled. The officer’s actions remain under review. Of course, there’s more to the story than that. But at the very least, the student’s mom wants the officer to receive a similar punishment to her son’s.
PROJECT PRIORITIES: Some Broward County parents are raising eyebrows as their school district fast-tracks a high school’s state-of-the-art new culinary arts kitchen while other schools wait for roof and air conditioning repairs, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TEACHER TIME: The people negotiating a new contract for Polk County teachers say they’ve come to accept that the district has little money to pay for raises. But the district can afford to return some planning time, they argue, and they want it back, the Ledger reports.
STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Lake County school district officials say their move to positive alternatives to suspension is yielding strong results, the Daily Commercial reports.
TOP BRASS: Indian River County’s new superintendent begins to remake his leadership team, hiring two new top administrators to key posts, TC Palm reports.
GREEN THUMBS: Some Polk County students with special needs learn to garden as a lesson in self-sufficiency, the Ledger reports.
DRUG DEALING: A Duval County elementary school teacher faces felony charges after she allegedly tried to buy meth from an undercover officer while at school, CNN reports.