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Florida education news: Merit pay, black principals, playgrounds and more



BRN_NEWSCHOOL082109A_81238d HILLSBOROUGH'S NEW SCHOOLS: Strawberry Crest and Steinbrenner high schools put on their finishing touches in preparation for their first day with students. (Times photo, Kainaz Amaria)

GROOMING TALENT: Hillsborough looks to win a $100 million Gates Foundation award to pay for a new merit pay and teacher effectiveness system.

PASCO TEACHERS ASK FOR STEPS: Board members say the teachers deserve more pay, but aren't sure the district can afford the cost.

CHARTER STARTER: State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota agrees to launch a new collegiate charter high school, the Bradenton Herald reports.

PLEASE HELP: Parents at a Collier private school shut down just days before classes were to begin scramble to keep it open, the Naples Daily News reports.

STRIPPED AWAY: Florida Atlantic University wastes no time in removing the name of a donor who didn't come through from the buildings and programs he was supposed to support, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SAVE OUR PLAYGROUND: Families at a Martin elementary school want to keep and fix a playground that has failed many inspections rather than replace it, the Stuart News reports.

SAVING THE SCHOOLS: VP Joe Biden and Ed Secretary Arne Duncan visit an Orlando school, where they tout the results of their stimulus plan, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

A TEST FOR TEACHERS: Many Manatee and Sarasota teachers are adapting to new schools and different grade levels as their districts move them around to save money, the Herald-Tribune reports.

PROMOTING DIVERSITY: Leon schools see an increase in the number of black principals, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

GET TO WORK: FAMU trustees evaluate president James Ammons by giving him a to-do list, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:33am]


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