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Florida education news: Class size, teacher pay, school bullying and more



class_size__145148a.jpgLET IT BE: A new St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9 poll shows just 35 percent favor changing Florida's class size amendment. • Florida school officials worry that they'll have to constantly be monitoring and maintaining class sizes under the current law, the Orlando Sentinel reports. (Times photo, Scott McIntyre)

NO RAISES: The Pasco School Board proposes a third year without raises for teachers and other employees.

RECONSIDERING: Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen begins to back off her plan to move International Baccalaureate from Palm Harbor University High.

DON'T BLAME TEACHERS: If public education is failing, students, parents and the community must share in the blame, columnist Bill Maxwell writes.

STOP BULLYING: A Lee County mom says her daughter's bad experiences show Florida's anti-bullying laws don't go far enough, the Naples Daily News reports.

PREPAID PLANS: The Florida Prepaid Tuition program changes its plan offerings and the associated costs, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from the Miami Herald.

GROWING AGAIN: The Manatee school district sees its enrollment rise by more than 1,000, the Bradenton Herald reports.

LABOR NEWS: Lee teachers approve a 2-year contract with a 1 percent raise, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

COMPROMISED DATA: The University of North Florida and the FBI investigate a hacking job that put student and employee data at risk, the Florida Times-Union reports.

ELECTED VS. APPOINTED: Martin County voters will consider whether to have their School Board appoint the district's superintendent, the Stuart News reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about school bus safety with Charlie Hood, director of school transportation for the Florida Department of Education.

[Last modified: Saturday, October 16, 2010 6:35am]


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