Florida education news: FCAT third grade retention, ACLU lawsuit, tuition hike and more
STEEP DECLINE: More Florida third graders face retention as their FCAT reading scores drop amid changing standards. More from Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas. (Photo from successagainsttheodds.com)
HELPING HAND: Wesley Chapel High senior Shelby Thompson leads by example as a much-honored volunteer.
DOUBLE DOWN: Three of four graduates at Wider Horizons Academy complete high school with a diploma and a college degree.
FCAT VICTIM: A Manatee middle school might end its orchestra elective to put more emphasis on reading instruction as FCAT scores decline, the Bradenton Herald reports.
ALL DONE: Citrus County schools end the school year earlier than many with wistfulness and anticipation, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.
ON THE SIDE: A Brevard high school athletic director is out as an investigation shows he ran a school concession stand for personal profit, Florida Today reports.
SUED: The ACLU sues the Marion School Board and superintendent after students are not allowed to establish a Gay-Straight Alliance at a county high school, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
GOING UP: The University of Central Florida increases tuition by 15 percent, the Orlando Sentinel reports.