Florida education news: FCAT, school yearbook, college tuition and more
FCAT: Ninth- and tenth-grade FCAT reading scores rise despite increased passing levels, while FCAT writing performance suffers because of tougher grading rules. Still, public anger mounts as more poor results are predicted. Details from Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas. Don't trust the testing industry, former test grader Todd Farley writes in a guest column for the Times.
YEARBOOK STIR: Land O'Lakes High staff work overtime to remove an offensive page from the school yearbook before it can be distributed.
FORGET IT: Pinellas officials again turn down a public request to implement a direct instruction reading program in high-poverty schools.
ON THE ROAD: Hudson High senior Tiffany Colvin heads to Australia to pursue her dream of studying marine biology.
CUT RATES: Many private colleges and universities offer tuition deals for students fearing mountains of debt, the Miami Herald reports.
LAYOFFS: Broward schools prepare to let go security guards and clerical staff amid budget cuts, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BAM! Emeril Lagasse helps a Walton school debut its new outdoor kitchen, the Walton Sun reports.
VALID VOTE? A lawyer questions the legality of teacher ballots to convert Lakeland High to charter status, the Ledger reports.
REASSIGNED: A Lake elementary school supervisor is removed from her while investigators review how much she knew about a student whose caregivers were abusing her, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Eric J. Smith, former Florida education commissioner.