Florida education news: FCAT writing, NCLB tutoring, arts education and more
STUDENT CRITIQUE: Fourth graders at Pasco's Sand Pine Elementary School say the state needs to give kids more time if they are to perform well on the FCAT writing test. (Times photo, Jeffrey S. Solochek)
TUTORING TROUBLE: US Education secretary Arne Duncan criticizes Florida's decision to keep paying for NCLB tutoring despite its waiver from the requirement, the AP reports. More from the Palm Beach Post. Duncan also criticized Florida's textbook adoption policies, Gannett reports.
SNAKES ON A BUS: Retiring Hernando bus driver Shirley Price remembers her adventures over three decades on the job.
ARTS MATTER: Five Wiregrass Ranch High School graduating seniors relied on the arts to make it through school.
ITCHY AND SCRATCHY: Hollywood High School officials seek a source of a mysterious rash that sent students and teachers to the hospital, the Miami Herald reports.
STUDENT VOICES: Collier high school students tell their superintendent areas for improvement in the schools, the Naples Daily News reports.
DISMISSED: A judge rejects a lawsuit accusing the Martin School Board of improperly awarding a construction contract, the Stuart News reports.
BE PROACTIVE: A top Florida education official tells Manatee parents and educators that schools should help train preschool teachers to get children ready for learning even earlier, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PAY HIKE: Seminole's new superintendent gets a salary jump with his new position, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
BUDGET CUTS: University of Florida officials project delays in student aid and other services if 50 administrative positions are eliminated as proposed, the Gainesville Sun reports.