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Florida education news: Closing schools, FCAT, school taxes and more

Money THEY'VE GOT MONEY, YES THEY DO: Hillsborough has $338 million stashed aside -- plenty to endure current tough times without forcing to sacrifice, right?

JOB HUNTING: Teachers from Pinellas' closed schools head to a job fair set up just for them.

KEEP ON LOOKING: Hernando extends its search for an assistant superintendent to seek more candidates -- a slap in the face to the locals who applied?

GRADUATION: Springstead High's valedictorian sees her original, banned speech go viral on the Web. • Largo High celebrates despite the rain.

HOW MUCH DO YOU LIKE YOUR SCHOOL? The tiny Manatee town of Duette faces questions about its lifestyle as the district considers closing its school, the last one-room school in Florida.

USING TESTS THE RIGHT WAY: Florida is taking positive steps to move away from using the FCAT as the be-all, end-all of student assessment, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.

NOT GOING TO PAY: A Lee charter school group says it's exempt from property taxes and won't pay the $51,000 it has been billed, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SUING OVER SPORTS: A gender equity activist considers suing the FHSAA over its decision to reduce contests for the next two years, but is holding off to see if the move is changed, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

LABOR NEWS: About 500 Broward teachers face displacement as the district cuts spending, the Miami Herald reports. • Florida Atlantic professors claim a department reorganization is an attack on tenure, and they're fighting back, the Palm Beach Post reports.

CLOSED FOREVER: Volusia shuts two schools at the end of the year, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about summer school with Pasco assistant superintendent Ruth Reilly.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:25am]


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