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Florida education news: Joe Biden visits, Hillsborough board members fight, college students need remedial work and more



b4s_biden100511_194188d.jpegTALKING JOBS: Vice President Joe Biden visits Oakstead Elementary School in Pasco County to tout the Obama Administration's American Jobs Act. Before his talk, he spends nearly an hour chatting with students. Biden brought an important message about the wisdom of investing in education, columnist C.T. Bowen writes. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)

STICK AROUND: Pinellas School Board members like interim superintendent John Stewart so much they decide to postpone their search for a permanent leader.

FRICTION ON BOARD: Hillsborough School Board members bristle over their treatment of one another.

BUTTING OUT: The Hernando School Board rejects a total tobacco ban on all district property.

CHARTER CONCERNS: Charter Schools USA's proposed school in Pasco County gets past the first hurdle but still faces big concerns before final approval.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Home schooled students take pottery classes • Senior projects help Pasco students prepare for the real world 

FLAWED? Seminole teachers complain that their district's new evaluations have problems, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

FIXING NCLB: The Obama Administration is right to give states more flexibility in how they assess schools, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes. • The waiver proposal lets states set the bar high for schools, the Miami Herald editorializes.

FEWER PERKS: Broward's new superintendent gets a more frugal package of benefits and perks than his predecessor, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

NOT LEARNING: Many Florida high school graduates are arriving at college unprepared, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

YOU CHOOSE: The Flagler School Board will let the Sheriff's Office decide whether school resource officers carry tasers, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 6:09am]


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