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Florida education news: FCAT, layoffs, high school graduation and more

anclote.jpegGRADUATION NEWS: Pasco's Anclote High seniors prepare to become the school's first graduating class. • River Ridge High seniors enjoy one last breakfast together. • Many Hernando high school graduates already have earned college credits. (Times photo, Stephen J. Coddington)

POSITIONS SPARED: The Pinellas School Board decides not to cut librarians, counselors and classroom aides, but leaves a $4.7 million budget gap to be filled, possibly with furloughs. 

VETO TIME: Gov. Rick Scott vetoes $615 million in the state budget, suggesting the money go to public schools instead. Scott, who called for deeper education spending cuts during session, gets called a panderer by the Times editorial board. Some veto targets say they'll continue planning their projects regardless, the Bradenton Herald reports.

HARD TO READ: This year's FCAT scores are tough to compare because of changing tests and scoring rules, the Miami Herald reports.

IT'S A DEAL: Collier settles its contract with new superintendent Kamela Patton, the Naples Daily News reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Palm Beach teachers union president takes a leave of absence for health reasons, the Palm Beach Post reports.

LATE DATE: Okaloosa officials prepare to move their first day of school back by two weeks after failing to retain the state's "high performing" status, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

FOR SALE: The Orange school district is selling unneeded portable classrooms for $100 each, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Friday, May 27, 2011 6:07am]


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