Florida education news: Back to school, replacing FCAT, school for girls and more
BACK TO SCHOOL: Pasco County's Byer sextuplets celebrate another milestone — their first day of kindergarten. • Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando students returned to school on Monday. • Hillsborough kids start up today. (Times photo, Kathleen Flynn)
BIGGER: St. Petersburg Christian School reopens with a new 22-classroom wing.
NEW ATTITUDE: With its marching band benched, FAMU looks to new ways to enjoy football game halftimes.
TESTING, TESTING: Florida prepares to replace the FCAT with tougher exams in the same subjects, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • State Sen. Bill Montford, a former Leon superintendent, calls for an early end to the FCAT, First Coast News reports.
SEPARATED: Just for Girls opens the Manatee-Sarasota area's only school solely for girls, the Herald-Tribune reports.
UNDERFUNDED: Florida must put more money into public education, especially for needy students, the Florida Times-Union editorializes.
LOOK AHEAD: Edison State College's new president encourages faculty members to leave ths school's troubled past behind and move forward to a brighter future, the Naples Daily News reports.
GOALS: Polk County's two F-graded schools aim for improvement in the new academic year, the Ledger reports. • Struggling AA Dixon Charter School of Excellence in Pensacola revamps itself while waiting to see if the state will allow it to remain open, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.