Florida education news: Deaf education, testing, school leadership and more
SING A SONG: Prekindergartners in Pasco's deaf and hard of hearing class make so much progress in a year that they're able to carol their parents for the holidays. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)
AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN: A 17-year-old Pinellas Park High girl is killed crossing the street to catch her bus. She had complained about the bus stop months earlier.
RILED UP: Plans to move Pasco's veterinarian assisting program upsets the teacher, students and parents.
UNCERTAINTIES ABOUND: Pinellas district and union officials raise big doubts about participating in the Race to the Top. So far, 63 of 67 districts have signaled their initial intent to join the effort, the AP reports.
TAKING CHARGE: Clint Herbic is the new principal at Tarpon Springs High.
PROVE IT: Retiring St. Petersburg College president Carl Kuttler shouldn't get a penny more than he is contractually owed in his final payout, the Times editorializes.
MINIMAL GAINS: Test results suggest Palm Beach's controversial new curriculum isn't having the effect the administration had hoped for, the Palm Beach Post reports. Meanwhile, a promised meeting between angry parents and school leaders never happened, the Post reports.
SUSPENDED: One of Florida Atlantic University's oldest fraternities is under investigation for hazing, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
IMPRESSED: The Lee School Board gives high marks to superintendent Jim Browder, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
PAYBACK: FAMU returns more than $150,000 to a foundation after the school discovers the grant funds went unused, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with state Rep. Dwight M. Bullard, who speaks about a Democrat plan to replace the high school FCAT with end-of-course exams.