Florida roundup: merit pay cheers, parent trigger stink, teacher evals & more

Parent trigger. Parent trigger is not worth the fuss, writes Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab: “We’re wasting time with political gamesmanship over a bill that both sides are making a bigger stink over than it’s worth.”

FL roundup logo snippedTony Bennett. New Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz accuses former super Tony Bennett, of wasteful spending on technology. Indianapolis Star.

English language learners. The growing challenge of growing numbers of ELLs. Associated Press.

Teacher retention. Pinellas is looking at ways to better recruit and retain teachers at high-needs schools. Finally. Gradebook.

Teacher evaluations. The Florida Education Association is planning to file suit over the new eval system, with details coming today. Gradebook and Orlando Sentinel.

Teacher pay. Miami-Dade teachers get performance-based bonuses – and cheer. Miami Herald.

Special needs students. The Hillsborough school district is taking a closer look at how a special needs student managed to leave a school undetected. Tampa Bay Times.

Common Core. The state Board of Education will get an update from Commissioner Bennett today. StateImpact Florida.

School closings. A judge rules that the proposed closings of three Brevard schools can move forward. Florida Today.

School spending. About 100 paraprofessionals and special education specialists in Lee will lose their jobs due to sequestration. Fort Myers News Press.

School safety. The Tallahassee Democrat writes up lawmakers’ efforts to deter cyber bullying.

Superintendents. A school board member in Lee wants to start the search to replace Superintendent Joseph Burke, even though it’s not clear when he’s leaving. Naples Daily News.