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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: Charter schools, student segregation, dropout rates and more

stleo.jpegBOOM TIME: St. Leo University grows quickly with demand for classes both locally and online. (Times photo, Stephen Coddington)

CHARTER CONCERNS: One Florida lawmaker warns of the potential problems with less regulation of charter schools amid the Legislature's push to expand their presence.

WHITE FLIGHT? Florida's charter schools are seeing a trend toward self-selected segregation, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

GETTING CLOSER: Florida lawmakers near a budget resolution that includes a $540 cut in per-student funding, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

BIG CHANGES: Several aggressive changes to Florida education law sail through the Legislature, the Lakeland Ledger reports. • Expansion of McKay Scholarships for disabled students is one of those, the Bradenton Herald reports.

FROM HOMELESS TO STANFORD: A Manatee student who often had no home is pursued by many top universities and settles on Stanford, the Bradenton Herald reports.

GRADUATION = ECONOMY: A new report suggests Lee and Collier counties could improve their economies by lowering their dropout rates, the Naples Daily News reports.

GRADE-IN: Dozens of Palm Beach teachers head to the mall to show shoppers how they spend their weekends grading papers, the Palm Beach Post reports.

[Last modified: Sunday, May 1, 2011 7:10am]


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