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Florida education news: Anti-testing resolution, truancy, Penny for Pasco and more

fcat2010.jpegLESS TESTING: The Hernando and Pinellas school boards consider adopting a resolution urging Florida to reduce its reliance on high-stakes testing. • The Alachua School Board also will take up the same measure, the Gainesville Sun reports. (Florida Times-Union cartoon)

COME TO SCHOOL: Pinellas school officials look to tackle high student absenteeism in the district.

EARLY TO RISE: Some Pinellas high schools schedule early-morning graduations to claim choice locations. • Pinellas valedictorians and salutatorians 

DO IT AGAIN: Pasco County residents should renew the Penny for Pasco sales tax that supports school construction projects, the Times editorializes.

BULLIED: A Key Largo mom says her teen son hanged himself over FCAT pressure and school bullying, the Keynoter reports.

IN THE BAND: FAMU looks to stiffen the academic requirements to participate in its Marching 100 band, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Board of Governors chairman Dean Colson demands more accountability from FAMU president James Ammons, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

BIG MONEY: The 56 graduates of Manatee's Out-of-Door Academy collect $7 million in scholarships, the Bradenton Herald reports.

COMEBACK? Rumors swirl that ousted Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson is considering a run for School Board, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

PAID BY DEGREES: Some Brevard teachers find they're no longer eligible for bonus pay because their degrees don't match their teaching certifications, Florida Today reports. 

NO NEW BUSES: Volusia and Flagler school districts cut back on student transportation expenses, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

OPTIONS: Monroe interim superintendent Jesus Jara looks for employment elsewhere even while a finalist to keep his post in the Keys, the Keynoter reports. 

LABOR NEWS: Lake County teachers approve their 2011-12 contract including raises and bonuses, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 6:25am]


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