Florida education news: FCAT, STEM, superintendent searches and more
NOTHING BUT TESTS: Learning takes a back seat to review as Florida schools move full bore into testing season.
OIL SPILL BOON: USF's marine science program gains attention for its expertise after the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
ID PLEASE: Polk County residents are being required to show identification to enter School Board meetings, counter to state law, the Ledger reports. The district has gone too far, the Ledger editorializes.
FCAT FRENZY: Students across Florida begin the new and tougher FCAT 2.0 on Monday, the St. Augustine Record reports. They'll be asked for the first time to sign an honesty pledge, the Sun-Sentinel reports. And not only is the test harder, so is the scoring system, the Gainesville Sun reports. Treasure Coast superintendents say the school systems have been set up for failure, the Stuart News reports.
SUPER SEARCHES: Monroe gets several applications, including former Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander, to lead the district, the Keynoter reports. • Some Duval leaders worry that Florida's open records law will hinder the district's search for a new superintendent, the Florida Times-Union reports.
COOL SCIENCE: Hundreds of Volusia middle school students gather for a day of science and technology in hopes they'll be motivated to stick with STEM, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
CONSTRUCTION CRISIS: The University of Florida and other state schools find themselves unable to keep up with building maintenance and construction needs, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.