Florida education news: FCAT testing, teacher job security, school bus stops and more
UNDER PRESSURE: Eighth-graders are the only Florida public school students who have to take every FCAT exam in one year, and they can feel the stress, the Miami Herald reports. • Students with special needs can get accommodations when taking the FCAT, the Miami Herald reports. (Times file photo)
OVERCOMING THE ODDS: More than half of Palm Beach low-income schools find success on the FCAT despite the obstacles they face, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
FINGERS CROSSED: Duval school leaders hope that their FCAT preparations pay off as students enter the testing Tuesday, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Escambia schools are seeking a year without any D or F schools, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • Leon schools look for strong results on the test, too, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
JOB SECURITY? Florida fires more new teachers than the national average, but not so many who have a continuing contract, the Naples Daily News reports.
PARE IT DOWN: States like Florida deserve to be on the Race to the Top short list, but others need to go before the grant is awarded, the Washington Post editorializes.
GET BACK TO BASICS: Florida's education system needs to ditch its market-oriented accountability system and focus on real schooling, the Daytona Beach News-Journal editorializes.
ELECTION CHALLENGE: A Venice watchdog group claims the Sarasota school district violated open meeting laws when preparing for a local tax referendum, the Herald-Tribune reports.
STOP HERE TODAY: A divorced Brevard couple wants the school district to let their son have two bus stops — one near each parent's home — but the district so far is unwilling, Florida Today reports.
DUH: A University of Central Florida student majoring in stage design is arrested after leaving his realistic-looking fake bomb prop — a class project — outside a Marion County movie theater, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.