Florida education news: State tests, Sunshine Law, Facebook posts and more
TEACHER PAY: Florida teachers react to new teacher incentive proposals from Tallahassee by saying they'd prefer raises rather than gimmicks.
HARD WORK: Struggling Marion County schools strive to ensure their students are prepared for looming state tests, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
FLORIDA MODEL: U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos cites Florida's school choice system as a leader for the nation, Education Week reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: The Flagler County School Board asks for public input as it searches for a new superintendent, the Palm Coast Observer reports.
SUNSHINE: A Collier County Republican lawmaker proposes allowing two members of a local school board or other elected body with more than five members to privately discuss government business or policy, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
FREE SPEECH? A Bay County teacher is investigated for making negative comments about students on a closed Facebook page, the Panama City News Herald reports. • A Collier County teacher is removed from her classroom after supporting mass deportation on social media, the Naples Daily News reports.
TURNAROUND OPTIONS: The Polk County School Board discusses converting a poor performing middle school into a charter school, the Ledger reports. • The Florida Board of Education approves plans to convert the Jefferson County school district into a charter system and consolidate its schools, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
PROTEST: Hundreds of Palm Beach County students skip school to participate in the national Day Without Immigrants demonstration, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Hundreds of Volusia County students also stay home, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
START TIMES: The Orange County School Board delays action on starting high school later amid cost concerns, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: The Santa Rosa County School Board ratifies a non-instructional employee contract, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
BONUSES: An Indian River County teacher accused of tampering with student tests is paid a bonus for test results, TC Palm reports.
ARRESTED: A Palm Beach County private school teacher is arrested after police say he kissed two students, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
FIRED: A Duval County teacher is fired after her state certification is suspended amid allegations she pulled chairs out from under her third-grade students, Action News Jax reports.