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Florida education news: Cell phones in school, FCAT cheating, 9/11 anniversary lessons and more



pastext021211a_162338c.jpegPULL OUT YOUR PHONE: Pasco schools look to "harness the power" of students' smart phones and computers so they can use technology in classrooms without breaking the bank. (Times file photo)

TAX TIME: Hillsborough's school tax rate goes up because of state requirements. • The Hernando School Board sets a balanced budget but worries about the percentage of taxes it will collect.

HAND OUT: Ousted Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen seeks almost $200,000 more in severance than board members say she's due.

HEAR THE BAND: Mitchell High's new band director is home grownPreview of Pasco high school marching bands 

FCAT CHEATING: Five Palm Beach schools say they didn't do it, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

CHARTER EXPANSION: State College of Florida plans a charter high school on its Venice campus to provide an entry point for teens, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Three charter schools seek to open in St. Johns, the St. Augustine Record reports.

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR: That includes high quality schools and teachers, Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell writes.

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Duval's superintendent gets his lowest evaluation since taking the job, the Florida Times-Union reports.

9/11?? Many Palm Beach students know little about the terrorist attacks on the United States, and teachers grapple with the best ways to teach the subject, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TUITION MOVE: UF officials halt plans to charge students block tuition, the Gainesville Sun reports.

FACEBOOK FACEOFF: The Lake teacher who was suspended over Facebook comments now is accused of inappropriately bringing religion into his classroom, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 6:13am]


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