School counselors: Palm Beach County elementary school counselors learn a new curriculum aimed at fourth- and fifth-graders called “Breaking The Silence: Teaching the Next Generation About Mental Illness.” Sun Sentinel.
Teacher raises: The Orange County school district and its teachers union haven’t reached an agreement on pay increases, so the district has declared an impasse that ends months of negotiations. Orlando Sentinel.
Common Core: Gov. Rick Scott is concerned about the costs of measuring the new standards with PARCC, but most analyses shows the assessment costs about the same or less than what the state currently spends on FCAT. StateImpact Florida.
Pam Stewart: “Stewart does not inherit an easy job, but the broad support she has won early on offers reason to be optimistic about the future of education in Florida,” writes the Tallahassee Democrat.
Space project: Hillsborough County students are competing to see who gets to send their science project to the International Space Station, where it will be conducted by astronauts. Tampa Bay Times.
Summer reading: About half of Pinellas elementary school students improve their reading skills after attending a first-time summer program for struggling learners, while 47 percent stay at level or lose ground. Tampa Bay Times.
Bullying: Duval County Public Schools re-launches its anonymous tip hotline with a new feature to help encourage reporting of incidents: texting. Florida Times-Union. A Dallas-based motivational speaker tells Sarasota County high school students about being the target of bullies. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.