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Florida education news: Homeless students, FCAT, 'teacher quality' bills and more



tina.jpegMAKING IT: Tina Giarla finds success at Pinellas Park High School despite being an "unaccompanied youth." (Times photo, Lara Cerri)

FCAT FUMBLE: Several Florida school districts receive improperly packaged FCAT writing exams. Testing company Pearson replaces them and foots the bill.

MOVING RIGHT ALONG: Legislation to change Florida teacher pay, evaluations and contracts wins two more committee votes as lawmakers amend their bills to become nearly identical. Sen. John Thrasher's move to limit testimony irks teachers and Democrats, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SCHOOL HOPEFULS: Fourteen applicants make the pool to become principal of Hernando's newest K-8 school.

TOP OF THE CLASS: St. Paul's third-grader's dog-drying device wins USF young innovator award •  Hernando all-county band is the ultimate supergroupTeens team up for 2011 Nature Coast envirothon 

GETTING READY: Flagler and Volusia schools get the kinks out of the system in advance of this year's computerized FCAT testing, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CAN HE DO IT? Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo questions whether Broward superintendent Jim Notter can survive a grand jury criticism of his leadership.

LAYOFFS COMING: Palm Beach finance officials say layoffs are a probable answer to next year's budget woes, the Sun-Sentinel reports. A hiring freeze is also in the offing, the Palm Beach Post reports.

'TRUE EDUCATORS': Three Clay High teachers become Advanced Placement coaches after the bell rings, the Florida Times-Union reports.

OKALOOSA-TUBE: The Okaloosa school district tests a local, protected version of a video sharing program for student use, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

GRADING PARENTS: Rep. Kelli Stargel defends her idea of schools grading parents to a group of Polk County parents and teachers, the Lakeland Ledger reports. 

[Last modified: Thursday, February 24, 2011 6:10am]


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