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