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Florida education news: Grieving school, Broad Prize, Amendment 8 and more



drownfolo_4_245148a.jpegSHOCK: Rodgers Middle School grieves the loss of student Jennifer Caballero as Hillsborough district officials examine how she slipped away from campus and drowned. • Superintendent MaryEllen Elia expresses condolences over the girl's death. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke) 

SUSPICIONS: Opponents of Amendment 8 on the Florida ballot suggest that supporters are trying too hard to convince voters that it has nothing to do with school vouchers.

CHALLENGES: Fire damage to St. Petersburg High's auditorium changes life for the school's thespians.

ON LEAVE: Zephyrhills High principal Steve Van Gorden is removed from his post pending an investigation into unspecified allegations against him.

COME GET IT: Retiring Zephyrhills High art teacher Deborah Gillars calls on former students to claim their artwork that they left to decorate her classroom over the years.

WINNER: The Miami-Dade school district claims the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education for its work improving the performance of minority students, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

OUTLOOK: Gov. Rick Scott offers a few more comments about his education policy plans to the Orlando Sentinel.

OUT: State College of Florida trustees move to remove president Lars Hafner, the Herald-Tribune reports. More from the Bradenton Herald.

OLD STYLE: Southwest Florida education leaders say old-school ways of education can hinder progress today, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

LABOR NEWS: Plans to hold St. Lucie teacher contract negotiations in a place too small to accommodate an audience could violate the state's open meetings law, the St. Lucie Tribune reports. • The Broward Teachers Union elects a new president, the Miami Herald reports. • Palm Beach district officials will take a teacher raise proposal to the School Board for consideration, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Bay support staff reach a tentative contract agreement, the Panama City News Herald reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 6:19am]


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