Florida education news: attendance zones, free dictionaries, Race to the Top and more
SIGN ONLINE: Pasco's Sunlake High students use Skype to hone American Sign Language skills (Times photo, Michele Miller)
MOVING TIME: Nine Hillsborough schools are too full and will require boundary adjustments to meet the Florida class size amendment. • Brevard might have to adjust attendance zones for 40 schools to deal with crowding, Florida Today reports. • Broward officials are looking for ways to avoid major student shifts, theSun-Sentinel reports.
RACING TO THE TOP: The Gates Foundation originally offered to help 15 states including Florida to apply for Race to the Top funds. After other states complained, the foundation has opened the process to all states, the N.Y. Times reports.
THANKS FOR THE DICTIONARY: Marion third-graders receive free dictionaries in an effort to help boost their vocabulary before the FCAT, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
CURRICULUM CHANGES IN PALM BEACH: Gifted classes no longer have to follow Palm Beach's controversial and previously mandatory curriculum program, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Many schools are not dumping the program, though, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
COLLEGE REALLY WANTS THAT HOUSING: Edison College wants to buy an apartment complex next to the campus and turn it into student housing, but lacking a deal, it looks to eminent domain, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TO CLOSE OR NOT TO CLOSE? St. Lucie considers shutting down a financially struggling charter school, while school officials ask for time, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
AN F FOR THAT? Leon parents question the district's new policy that fails students for missing four days in a nine-week period, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.