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Florida education news: Janssen's mistake, painful budget cuts, Florida as a reform model



INQUIRY PROJECT: Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen’s recommendation to give copyright privileges to a longtime employee for a product she developed further erodes School Board members' confidence in their chief executive.

FEELING THE CUTS:  Hernando families will soon  feel the sting of the school district’s budget-balancing measures.
DISSECTING THE SLIDE: Faced with disappointing FCAT scores, Pasco’s Lacoochee Elementary tries to recapture the success it enjoyed just a few years ago.
GOING PRIVATE: A veteran Pinellas teacher opts to leave the district and teach at a Tampa private school.
MAKING IT WORK: Teachers and school officials in Palm Beach County make progress toward a teacher evaluation system to comply with the state's new merit pay law, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
PULLING THE PLUG:  Workforce One, a federally-funded employment agency, ends a contract with the Broward School District after deciding an afterschool program for disadvantaged teenagers was inefficient and under-enrolled, the Sun Sentinel reports.
PURSE-STRING INDEPENDENCE: Now larger than 15 Florida school districts, the charter school system in Lake Wales is one step closer to financial independence, the Winter Haven News Chief reports.
LOOK FAMILIAR?: Desperate to improve student performance, Arizona officials look to Florida reform measures, the Arizona Republic reports.
THEIR CAP AND GOWN MOMENT: Home-schooled students in South Florida come together for a graduation ceremony, a growing trend as home schooling becomes more mainstream, the New York Times reports.
DROWNING IN DEBT: For-profit colleges that turn out high numbers of students who can't pay their loans shouldn't be eligible for taxpayer-backed government guarantees, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes.


[Last modified: Sunday, June 19, 2011 7:25am]


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