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Florida education news: FCAT hotline, Florida Polytechnic, same-sex schools and more

imgres.jpegNOT ON COMPANY TIME: A Hillsborough school bus driver who is running for School Board is suspended for handing campaign materials to students on his route. 

FCAT HOTLINE: Few Florida parents call the state's new FCAT information phone number because few know about it, WFTV Orlando reports. Or, the state's new FCAT hotline is swamped by parent calls, the Palm Beach Post reports. The hotline is designed to answer parent questions and concerns, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

EXPERIENCE: Marion residents debate how much education a candidate for elected schools superintendent must have, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

SMOOTH TRANSITION: Officials prepare for the hand-over of USF Polytechnic to the new Florida Polytechnic, the Ledger reports.

REASSIGNED: Miami-Dade's school police chief is removed amid allegations of sexual harassment, the Miami Herald reports.

BE CONSISTENT: Duval school leaders discuss ways to improve student discipline, the Florida Times-Union reports.

STRUGGLING: State College of Florida trustees raise concerns that their charter school is relying on bookstore sales to balance its budget despite paying no rent, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BUDGET CUTS: Palm Beach officials consider eliminating the district's in-school suspension program as a cost-saving measure, the Palm Beach Post reports.

LABOR NEWS: Brevard teachers ratify their 2011-12 contract, Florida Today reports.

SAME-SEX SCHOOLING: The ACLU challenges the legality of single-gender education programs in Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:27am]


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