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Florida education news: English language learners, school choice, arts education and more



a4s_leto020412s_212925c.jpegLANGUAGE BARRIER: Hillsborough Leto High's population of English language learners grows at a time when academic demands in English become more rigorous. (Times photo, Kathleen Flynn)

LIMITED CHOICE: Pinellas parents find that many school choice seats are already taken by "priority" students. Brevard parents discover the same thing in their choice system, Florida Today reports. 

MOSTLY TRUE: Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino touts her record mostly accurately as she begins her reelection bid.

STAYING ALIVE: Florida Senate Republicans breathe new life into the contentious parent trigger bill that many parent groups have opposed. 

CHARTER DANGERS: The mess at Life Force charter school in Pinellas illustrates how lax state laws open the door for abuse of public funds by private schools, the Times editorializes.

LAME DUCKS: Some Duval leaders worry that the school district's superintendent search will be controlled by School Board members who might not be there after elections, the Florida Times-Union reports.

HAVING FUN: A Palm Beach elementary school teams with an artist to incorporate more art into classroom curriculum, the Palm Beach Daily News reports.

NO A'S ALLOWED: Select Palm Beach elementary schools have stopped using letter grades on student report cards, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

MORE COURSES TO TAKE: Florida lawmakers consider changing graduation requirements for Florida's universities, the AP reports.

BACK TO WORK: A former Monroe district administrator wins his job back after a judge rules he was improperly dismissed, the Keynoter reports.

[Last modified: Sunday, March 4, 2012 7:23am]


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