Florida education news: FCAT, Florida Polytechnic, high school graduations and more
SPEAKING OUT ON FCAT: Dozens of Tampa area parents give Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson an earful on student testing. • The FCAT has always been suspect, Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo writes. • Manatee educators try to focus on improving instruction rather than on demoralizing messages from the state, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Palm Beach teachers expect the brunt of fixing student writing problems, and not all are comfortable with that, the Palm Beach Post reports. (Highlands Today photo)
IT'S IN THE DETAILS: Florida higher education leaders discover many challenges in preparing Florida Polytechnic University to open. • The specifics of how to get the new university started make the project worse than it seemed as a legislative proposal, the Times editorializes.
GRADUATION TIME: Long days and hard work pay off for Academy Preparatory Center grads • Sunlake High senior Nate McCoole plans to pursue his dream as a powerlifter after graduation • Sunlake High valedictorian and salutatorian
OVERCROWDED: Parents seek solutions to crowding at Bloomingdale High School.
SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT: The Tampa Bay Rays and the Helios Foundation pledge $1 million to provide college scholarships to needy Tampa area high school graduates.
SINGLE GENDER CLASSES: Palm Beach school officials say they're nearly certain the district no longer offers same-sex education, which has come under fire by the ACLU, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ITCHY: A second Broward school is locked down with reports of a mysterious rash affecting students and staff, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LABOR NEWS: Miami-Dade teachers reapprove their contract after a dispute voids their first vote, the Miami Herald reports. • Monroe teachers and district leaders continue to argue over salary and budgets, the Keynoter reports.