Florida education news: Hands-on science, FCAT testing, teacher evaluation and more
KIDS DIG SQUIDS: Marine science students at Wesley Chapel High School in Pasco County enjoy science the way they say it should be taught — hands on, with fresh squid. (Times photo, Jeffrey S. Solochek)
LET US HELP: Leaders of St. Petersburg's black community visit troubled John Hopkins Middle and offer to help with the school's discipline problems.
ALL ABOUT AFRICA: Eckerd College focuses on the "plight and promise" of Africa.
ONLINE TESTING: Florida high school students will have to take FCAT retakes on computers beginning next year, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
EDISON U? Edison State College proposes a spinoff university that would offer advanced degrees that the former community college doesn't provide, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
PERFORMANCE PAY OR BUST: Florida's effort to change the way it evaluates and pays teachers is short on the collaboration, long on the coercion, Palm Beach Post columnist Jac Wilder Versteeg writes.
MAKING PROGRESS: Collier schools aim for academic growth in student results as they head into FCAT week, the Naples Daily News reports. Test your knowledge on an FCAT question in the Florida Times-Union. Some Alachua students pump it up at FCAT pep rallies, the Gainesville Sun reports.
ELECT THE BOARD: The Jacksonville City Council supports keeping Duval's School Board elected and not proposals to appoint members, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TIGHT SQUEEZE: The University of Miami's medical school feels financial pressure from woes at Jackson Health Systems, the Miami Herald reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Mary Kate Harrison, food and nutrition services director for Hillsborough County schools.