Florida education news: Classroom technology, fundamental schools, free dictionaries and more
MAKING LEARNING FUN: Pasco's Northwest Elementary School sets up a new model classroom to help teachers better use technology and other hands-on methods of instruction. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
GETTING CLOSER: Tampa Bay area school districts near full compliance with the Florida class size law, dealing with issues as they emerge.
DON'T TOUCH, PART II: For the second straight night, Pinellas parents attend a forum to complain against a proposal to move their successful program, this time the fundamental school at Lakeview Elementary.
PROMISES KEPT: The Wimauma Academy charter school adds middle grades despite being short on construction funds.
MORE TIME: Lee and Collier superintendents oppose longer school days, but look closely at extending the school year into the summer, the Naples Daily News reports.
TAKING THE MONEY: Miami-Dade school district and union officials sign off on their Race to the Top participation, the Miami Herald reports.
AMENDMENT 8: The Volusia School Board unanimously votes to back the effort to scale back Florida's class size amendment, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • The Palm Beach Post reviews Amendment 8 and the arguments pro and con.
GET YOUR OWN LOGO: Colleges including Florida and Florida State tell high schools to stop using their trademark logos, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
UNINSURED: A Collier teacher sues the school district saying an error left her without insurance to cover her cancer treatment, the Naples Daily News reports.
MORE COMPUTERS: The Marion School Board approves the purchase of $2.5 million of computers to prepare students for new state exams, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
NEW WORDS: Alachua Rotary clubs give hundreds of dictionaries to area third graders, the Gainesville Sun reports.