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Florida education news: Lunch prices, school grades, FAMU Marching 100 woes and more

a4s_lunchtime111209_93752c.jpegPAY UP: Hernando schools prepare to increase cafeteria lunch prices by 30 cents. (Times file photo)

MOUNTING PROBLEMS: The director of FAMU's Marching 100 band abruptly retires as the investigation into a member's hazing death reveals new concerns.

GRADING CHANGES: The Florida Board of Education decides no school will drop more than one letter grade in 2012, amid other changes to the state's school grading system.

TRY, TRY AGAIN: A Pinellas middle school student wins the state history fair after initially being told he had lost at the county level.

TAKEOVER: Federal officials take the reins of Pinellas Head Start amid questions over the agency's finances.

GOING CHARTER: Teachers at Lakeland High School vote to convert the school to charter status, the Ledger reports.

SUSPENDED: A Seminole high school teacher is placed on five-day unpaid leave for playing profanity-laced rap songs in her class, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

STILL LAGGING: Florida's eighth-grade science NAEP scores rise but remain below the national average, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

RAINY DAY: UF president Bernie Machen says he's willing to tap into reserves but such a move won't stave off budget cuts, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Friday, May 11, 2012 6:12am]


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