Florida education news: Teacher training, job cuts, politics and more
TEACHER TRAINING: Enrollment in the University of South Florida College of Education drops 40 percent over seven years, similar to national trends, as the job becomes less attractive.
TOO MANY PEOPLE? Hillsborough County school district leaders come to grips with the idea that their organization is overstaffed and might have to let some people go.
(ALMOST) ALL APOLOGIES: Several Tampa-area lawmakers offer mea culpas for the way the recent legislative session went off the rails in crafting education policy and other measures. Not House Speaker Richard Corcoran, though, who says lawmakers better represent Floridians than their local government officials. More from Florida Politics, Politico Florida.
AFTER SCHOOL: South Florida after-school programs demonstrate their value to the community as federal education officials look to defund them, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Other states look to follow Florida in allowing business-backed charter schools at work sites as an economic development tool, the Associated Press reports. • Volusia County is about to get its first charter high school, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • A Collier County charter school faces internal leadership struggles, the Naples Daily News reports.
STUDENT DATA: Florida school data systems are ripe for hacking, the Miami Herald reports.
LIFESAVERS: Palm Beach County students will begin learning CPR in science class, the Palm Beach Post reports.
HEALTHY SCHOOLS: Monroe County school health clinics will expand their services to teachers and students, the Keynoter reports.
NEW USES: Residents of an Orlando community seek to preserve an historic school that closed in June to make way for a new campus a few miles away, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
HELPING HANDS: A Bay County civic group aims to recruit 1,000 mentors to help area school students, the Panama City News Herald reports.