Florida education news: FCAT results, unfunded mandates, private schools and more
FCAT RESULTS: The state released results for FCAT 2.0, with few patterns emerging as the Florida Department of Education used the year to set a baseline for future scoring. Stories on Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando. (Times photo, Jim Damaske)
WORKING AHEAD: Many Pinellas middle school students take high school math.
SHOW THEM THE MONEY: The Flagler School Board considers suing the Florida Legislature over unfunded mandates, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
SHUT IT DOWN: The Florida DOE should do a better job protecting consumers of private education, the Fort Myers News-Press editorializes. Lee parents are complaining about Edison Prep, which is unaccredited and run by a convicted felon, the News-Press reports.
SMOKERS PAY MORE: The Palm Beach school district will begin to charge smokers a premium on health care coverage, the Palm Beach Post reports.
MORE VACATION! Bay school officials delay the first class day of 2011-12 by two weeks at the insistence of the Florida DOE, the Panama City News Herald reports.
ON ITS WAY: Edison State College has cleared the majority of standards needed for reaccreditation, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
GET READING: The Duval school system kicks off a new program aimed at getting all students to read at grade level or above, the Florida Times-Union reports.
COUNTING PENNIES: St. Johns hires a new chief financial officer, the St. Augustine Record reports.