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Florida education news: Free textbooks, impact fees, old teachers and more




DID SOMEONE SAY FREE? Students in the Florida state university system will be able to get free online versions of some of their expensive textbooks under a new initiative.  More from the Sun-Sentinel. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)

NO LAYOFFS, NO FURLOUGHS: Pinellas teachers ratify a new 2-year contract.

CUTTING CORNERS: Hundreds of Hillsborough families that had been attending private school return to the public system.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Powell Middle strives to promote unity with team-building groupsSiblings found program for free after-school music lessons 

INCREASED FUNDING: The Florida state university system Board of Governors plans to ask for a 1 percent hike in state funds, the AP reports.

THEY HAVE A DREAM: UF students rally in support of the DREAM Act, which would grant undocumented students a way toward citizenship, the Gainesville Sun reports. • Palm Beach Community College students hold a similar event, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

RIVALRY BREWING: State College of Florida and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee are increasingly at odds over which four-year degree programs the college might offer, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.

IGNORE THE NAYSAYERS: A group of hand-picked Palm Beach educators praise the district's new direction on instruction, just a day after the teacher union blasted it, the Palm Beach Post reports.

FULL SPEED AHEAD: FAU trustees ignore a plea from deans to delay their search for a new president, the Palm Beach Post reports.

MONEY FOR GROWTH: Polk considers requesting a doubling of school impact fees, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

VETERAN TEACHERS: The number of Florida teachers in their 70s or older continues to shrink, the Orlando Sentinel reports.


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