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Florida education news: FCAT, parent grades, class size and more



knit.jpegOUTREACH: Some Pasco County homeschoolers knit hats to help the less fortunate. (Times photo, Michele Miller)

FLORIDA DREAM ACT: State Rep. Dwight Bullard proposes allowing some illegal immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at Florida's public universities.

END THE FCAT? A Miami lawmaker proposes replacing the FCAT with the High School Competency Test.

WORKING TOGETHER: Florida educators and lawmakers should collaborate to find the best ways to improve the state's schools, the Times editorializes.

GRADING PARENTS: A Lakeland legislator files a bill that would have schools grade parents on such things as their children's attendance and preparedness, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CLASS SIZE VS. BUDGET: The push to shrink class sizes is losing traction in many states as they struggle to make ends meet, reports.

SETTING PRIORITIES: The Florida Board of Education sets its legislative agenda for the 2011 session, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

BRING THEM BACK: The Broward School Board calls for better marketing to lure families back from charter and private schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

ZONING BATTLE: Collier parents complain that their children will be moved out of their local school while school choice allows kids outside the zone to remain, the Naples Daily News reports.

CLEAN AND SOBER? St. Johns school officials worry that alcohol and drug use are higher among county high school students than the statewide average, the Florida Times-Union reports.

LABOR NEWS: Brevard teachers make the case for raises, Florida Today reports. • The director of career education for Flagler schools says the district does not pay well enough to bring in the best employees, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

FIRED: Pensacola State College fires a professor amid allegations that he misrepresented his credentials, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 5:51am]


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