Florida education news: Graduation, social studies textbooks, Gates Foundation grant and more
GRADUATION TIME: Dawn Bloxsom returned to college after raising kids and dealing with mental illness, because she wanted to help others. She and about 775 others now are ready to graduate from Pasco-Hernando Community College. • The USF Sun Dome completes its renovations in time for graduation ceremonies. (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
NEW QUESTIONS: The Pasco School Board postpones action on new social studies textbooks as more complaints about the selection process emerge. The process has been an embarassment, the Times editorializes.
CRITICISM MOUNTS: Hillsborough School Board member Stacy White blasts the district's reliance on Gates Foundation money and its connected teacher evaluation initiative.
OOPS: A Broward elementary school gives the FCAT test to students on the wrong day, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
JOB CUTS: The Collier school district plans to eliminate 100 employee positions to save millions of dollars, the Naples Daily News reports. • The Lee school district prepares to shed classroom aides, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
STICK AROUND: Florida State College at Jacksonville makes an exception to allow students who were improperly granted federal loans to remain at school despite their debt, the Florida Times Union reports.
OVERHAUL: A Lee elementary school adopts a dual-language immersion curriculum to help its Hispanic population, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
GANG PROBLEMS: Flagler school district officials want to deal with gang problems in a park next door to an elementary school, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
LABOR NEWS: Marion County's teacher wage dispute heads to the School Board for a final solution, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.