Florida education news: Back to school, class size, FCAT and more
BACK TO SCHOOL: Pasco students returned to classes Monday, with some schools receiving many more kids than projected. Officials said it will take time to sort out class size needs. (Times photo, Edward Linsmier)
SPEAKING OF CLASS SIZE: Would it be such a bad thing to tell the Florida Legislature that, No, we meant it, on the class size amendment, columnist Howard Troxler wonders. • Class size concerns loom large on the first day for central Florida school districts, too, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SEEKING A VOICE: Faculty from USF's smaller campuses outvote the main campus in selecting their representative to the school's board of trustees.
REST IN PEACE: Bud Zimmer, known as Mr. Fundamental in Pinellas school circles, has died at age 80.
FCAT 2.0: High school students will see new FCAT reading and math tests this year, as well as some computerized FCAT testing, the Palm Beach Post reports.
AT THE TOP: The University of Miami surpasses the University of Florida on U.S. News and World Report's annual college ranking system, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
GET INTO THE GROOVE: Before school starts, families need to rediscover a morning routine that works, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
THE COUNTY'S MOVE: Martin county commissioners must decide whether to let the school district ask voters to increase local taxes for school operations, the Stuart News reports.
DIVERSITY CHIEF DROPPED: Brevard Community College decides to use the money for the position on faculty instead, Florida Today reports.
READY TO GO: New Marion teachers hit orientation before students arrive, the Ocala Star Banner reports.
HARD TO FIND: Alachua parents discover uniform clothing is picked over at local stores as the district moves to required clothing, the Gainesville Sun reports.