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Florida education news: African education, vouchers, hands-on math and more

Nal_woodlawn070109b_74336d THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOOK: Woodlawn Elementary turns to more hands-on lessons to improve students' math performance, boosting its school grade from D to B in the process. (Times photo, Dirk Shadd)

ADMINISTRATIVE MOVES: Ray Gadd spends his last day as assistant superintendent of Pasco schools. • Sonya Jackson wins Hernando's new assistant superintendent post. • Hernando officials discuss creating a district-level athletic director job. • Betty Castor leaves her post at USF's Patel Center for Global Solutions.

'WATCH YOUR BACK': A Pasco-Hernando Community College instructor is under investigation for allegedly threatening a colleague who turned him in for sending explicit e-mails.

VOUCHERS FAIL: Florida should end its voucher experiment after seeing that students who get them perform no better in school than those who don't, the Times editorializes.

CHANGING MISSION: Manatee Community College officially becomes State College of Florida, the Bradenton Herald reports. (Even so, note all the MCC ads on the story's Web page.) More on the transition comes in a column from college president Lars Hafner in the Herald-Tribune.

LABOR NEWS: Fifty to 60 of Broward's laid off teachers should get their jobs back this week, the Miami Herald reports.

WALKING TO WASHINGTON: The head of a Palm Beach school that focuses on African-centered education plans to trek to D.C. to make a case for the school's mission, the Palm Beach Post reports.

STILL NO CONFIDENCE: The popular ballet teacher at Palm Beach magnet school wins her job back, but the students, faculty and parents who fought to have her reinstated still want the principal who fired the teacher to go, the Palm Beach Post reports. 

RAISING TAXES: Seminole becomes the latest district to impose a .25 mill property tax increase to cover critical operating needs, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:27am]


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