Florida education news: FCAT dispute, student discipline, school funding and more
FIX THE FCAT: Hillsborough schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia calls for reforms to the state's accountability testing, saying anomalies in this year's results have not been adequately examined or explained. Read Elia's op-ed piece and commissioner Eric J. Smith's defense of the system. Several Miami-Dade activists also call for revisions to the system, the Miami Herald reports.
OH, BEHAVE: Pinellas school leaders look for better ways to deal with student discipline.
MEET THE TEACHER: Students across Pasco County head to school to check out their classrooms and find out who their teachers are.
HELPING PARENTS: Pinellas Fairmount Elementary will participate in a new program aimed at getting parents more intimately involved in their children's education.
SEEKING A SHARE: Florida leaders head to D.C. to ask for a portion of the Race to the Top grant, the Miami Herald reports.
FOLLOW FLORIDA? Jeb Bush piques the interest of Oklahoma lawmakers with his explanation of education reforms he put in place here, the AP reports.
WHO NEEDS A CLASSROOM? Florida is one of a growing number of states to allow students to earn credits outside the mainstream school classroom, Newsweek reports.
SHOW THEM THE MONEY: Florida school officials want to know when they can use the latest infusion of federal stimulus money, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CRISIS AVERTED: The Polk school system and its local charter school association reach an agreement over services, the Winter Haven News Chief reports.
TERM LIMITS PROPOSED: An ethics advisory panel recommends term limits for Broward School Board members, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Collier School Board members give their superintendent a mediocre evaluation and might not extend his contract, the Naples Daily News reports.
MIXING IT UP: Marion schools might turn to mixed-grade classrooms to meet the class size amendment, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
SAFE SCHOOLS: Bay schools will have fewer resource officers because of budget cuts, the Panama City News Herald reports.
MORE NEED: Alachua private schools see more students seeking financial aid, the Gainesville Sun reports.