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Florida education news: Green schools, principal investigations, vouchers and more



pasrays092510a_141646c.jpgGREEN PARTNERSHIP: The Tampa Bay Rays join the U.S. Green Building Council and the Pasco Education Foundation to launch one of the nation's first efforts to transform an existing school — Marlowe Elementary — into a LEED certified building. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer) 

BIG MONEY: Hernando schools spend close to $2 million extra to meet state class size requirements.

MAJOR CHANGES: Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen offers a long list of ideas to revamp schools for improved performance. One possibility: To create a fundamental school within a school at struggling Boca Ciega High.

HE'S LISTENING: New St. Pete College president Bill Law seeks out advice and input from students, employees and others.

KIDS VOTE: More than 100 Pasco high school students attend a candidate forum seeking to hear and be heard.

CLIMATE SURVEY: Pasco district leaders investigate complaints about Lacoochee Elementary principal Karen Marler.

NOT INTERESTED: New polling shows Florida voters do not support Amendment 8 to relax class size rules, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATION: Palm Beach has temporarily removed a school principal amid an investigation, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

A LITTLE HELP: The Collier School Board hires a consultant to help write its strategic plan, the Naples Daily News reports.

IN CHARGE: Lee swears in a new interim superintendent, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

VOUCHERS GROW: The popularity of Florida's school voucher system increases, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about Amendment 8 with Leon High School principal Rocky Hanna, who switched from supporting to opposing the measure.

[Last modified: Saturday, September 25, 2010 7:17am]


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