Florida education news: FCAT, free tutoring, college prep and more
FCAT DEFENSE: Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson will host a forum in Tampa to address mounting frustrations with the state's testing system.
BOUNDARY JUMPING: Hillsborough district officials say they'll get tougher on school registration processes in the wake of a recruiting scandal at Armwood High.
SPEAKING OUT: Pasco School Board members collect input on budget priorities in a series of public meetings.
GRADUATIONS: Fivay High senior Dominick Grilli prepares to ship out to the U.S. Army after graduation. • Genesis Preparatory valedictorian and salutatorian
SES TUTORING: Research is mixed on the value of free, private tutoring for Miami-Dade students, the Miami Herald reports.
UNPREPARED: Volusia schools will cut the AVID college prep program because of a loss of funding, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • Brevard lowers its science and social studies graduation requirements because it can't afford to implement them, Florida Today reports.
AN ISSUE OF FAIRNESS: The St. Lucie School Board changes its salary policies for new teachers joining the district, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
DROP IT: Lakeland High ends its bid to convert to charter status amid complaints about the teacher voting process, the Ledger reports.
PASS THE TAX: Indian River school district officials prepare to explain why they think voters should support an increased property tax for school operations, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports. • Seminole School Board members can't decide whether they want to ask for a tax hike, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
YOU ARE GETTING SLEEPY: A Seminole County teacher is suspended for one day after missing classes to take a nap, WFTV reports.
READ TO THE DOG: A Manatee elementary school uses dogs to help children learn to read, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LOGGING ON: Bay school officials consider allowing students to use their personal electronic devices in school, the Panama City News Herald reports.