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Florida education news: HCC president, Race to the Top, FCAT and more

B2s_atwatermug05261_123405c ON BOARD: Kenneth Atwater accepts a contract to become Hillsborough Community College's new president beginning July 1. (Times photo, Daniel Wallace)

RACING TO THE TOP: The Pasco School Board agrees to participate in the federal grant program, but the teachers union does not. • By late Tuesday, 59 of 67 Florida districts had signed the state's memorandum of understanding, the News Service of Florida reports. 

HE'S WORTH IT: Parents of developmentally disabled adults raise $27,500 to try to persuade the Pinellas School Board to keep teacher Chris Carter on staff.

LAST HURRAH: Ridgewood High School seniors count down the seconds of their final day of classes together. • Gulf High School seniors recognize each others' successes at awards night.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Kids write letters to President ObamaBishop McLaughlin Catholic High valedictorian and salutatorian • Zephyrhills High valedictorian and salutatorian 

MOVING ON UP: Miami-Dade and Broward third-graders show modest improvement on the FCAT, the Miami Herald reports.

EASING THE TRANSITION: State College of Florida prepares to open a charter middle and high school, the Herald-Tribune reports.

CRITICAL NEEDS: The Indian River School Board decides to increase local property taxes by 0.25 mills to cover critical operating needs, the Vero Beach Press Journal reports. • The Seminole district will poll the public before deciding whether to impose a similar tax, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

NEW LEADER: The Polk School Board promotes assistant superintendent Sherrie Nickell to the top job, the Lakeland Ledger reports.


[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:06am]


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