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Florida education news: Gates Foundation grant, long school bus rides, school prayer and more



MemberQuestions-4Web ANSWERING QUESTIONS: Hillsborough school officials will explain their plans for the district's $100 million Gates Foundation grant to teachers, now that they have the grant.

SEVEN TO GO: The Hernando School Board will interview its candidates for superintendent this week. It has two internal and five outside hopefuls to consider.

GET ON BOARD: Battles with Florida's teachers unions should not impede the state's effort to reform schools with Race to the Top funds, the Times editorializes. • All parties should focus on helping children succeed in finding compromise to make the Race to the Top work for Florida, the Miami Herald editorializes. • Monroe's superintendent is working with the local union leader to see if they can't reach an agreement on the grant, the Keynoter reports.

WHAT PEOPLE WANT: A panel charged with reviewing Broward's policies and procedures will ask the public its views on how to fix the ethics problems plaguing the district, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TIME TO COMMIT: Florida needs to put more money into schools as its demographics demand a greater investment, the Tallahassee Democrat editorializes.

PEOPLE POWER: Palm Beach parents and voters could force major change on their School Board, Palm Beach Post columnist Jac Wilder VerSteeg writes.

LONG BUS RIDES: A group of Lee parents raises concerns about having their kids on the bus for more than 90 minutes, the Naples Daily News reports.

NO MAJOR CHANGES: St. Lucie and Martin schools prepare to meet next year's class-size rules without altering attendance zones, the Stuart News reports.

SCHOOL PRAYER: The Liberty Counsel, a Christian rights organization, plans to sue the Santa Rosa district, saying the district has violated the constitutional rights of staff and students, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

GET INSURED: The University of Florida is supporting proposals that would require all students to have health insurance, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:46am]


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