Magnet schools: Seminole Ridge High School Construction Academy students build a modular home for Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County – turning in their assignment five months ahead of schedule. Palm Beach Post.
Charter schools: The Pinellas County School Board votes unanimously to approve an application for the district’s first Montessori charter school, which would serve about 200 students. Tampa Bay Times. More from The Tampa Tribune.
Teacher evals: A panel of appellate judges orders the state Department of Education to release controversial teacher performance data. The Buzz. More from the News Service of Florida and Florida Times-Union. Nearly 68 percent of Seminole County teachers earned top-notch, “highly effective” evaluations last year compared to fewer than 7 percent in Orange County. Orlando Sentinel. If the purpose of revamping teacher evaluation is to improve teaching and learning, then it’s worth it for states and school districts to take time to get it right, writes Laura Bornfreund for the Orlando Sentinel.
Teacher pay: Duval County teachers and other school workers will receive about $18.9 million in bonuses. Florida Times-Union.
Teacher of the year: Thirty-three Santa Rosa County teachers are up for the title of the district’s Teacher of the Year. Pensacola News-Journal.