Florida education news: GPA errors, teaching to the FCAT, credit card abuse and more
TOO MANY CHANGES: Multiple grade changes on a star Wesley Chapel High athlete's transcript prompt USF officials to question the transcripts of all applicants from the Pasco school. A district investigation reveals that the school had been misapplying Pasco's grade changing policies.
FOLLOWING A FORMULA: The Florida Department of Education discovers template writing on the FCAT Writing essays at two Lee schools, the Naples Daily News reports. • Brevard officials review similar concerns at five elementary schools, Florida Today reports.
HAVE A HEART: Miami-Dade leaders question the state's assignment of an F grade to a school that serves chronically ill children, saying the school should be judged by a different, more humane standard, the Miami Herald reports.
CATCHING UP: Schools in Ohio offer the children of migrant workers from Florida and Texas extra educational help during summer nights and weekends, the AP reports.
READY TO ROLL: UCF's medical school prepares for its August debut, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
JUST KEEP WORKING: Collier schools earned an A from the state. That doesn't mean there's nothing left to do, the Naples Daily News editorializes.
SHRINKING ENROLLMENT: Broward calls off plans for new construction amid projections it could have as many as 34,800 empty seats within three years, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
REHIRING TIME: Lee opens about 100 jobs, but expects they'll all go to laid-off employees, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
CREDIT CARD AUDIT: Palm Beach investigates employees' use of plastic after a principal is caught misusing a district credit card, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SETTING A NEW COURSE: A Brevard charter school that almost closed restructures itself, Florida Today reports.
TAX AWAY: Lake will increase its local property tax for critical operating needs, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
JOB SEEKING: Florida's displaced teachers plan to look for work through the state's online Teach-In, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
FRESH FROM THE FARM: Sarasota joins the farm-to-school movement to support local growers, the Herald-Tribune reports.
GETTING TOUGHER ON DRESS: Alachua considers firming up its dress code policy, the Gainesville Sun reports.