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Florida education news: Back to school, replacing FCAT, school for girls and more



a4s_pasbylers082112_235945c.jpegBACK 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. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 6:24am]


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