Florida education news: Michelle Rhee, Advanced Placement, four-day school weeks and more
TWO STYLES: Outgoing D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee and Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia take different approaches to tackling similar education reforms. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)
AP LESSONS: Too many Pinellas Advanced Placement teachers are giving passing grades to students who can't pass the AP exam, and something needs to be done to fix this, the Times editorializes.
BAD ACTS: A Manatee County high school teacher faces dismissal for his interactions with students on the Internet and for taking several girls on an unauthorized out of state field trip, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.
FOUR DAYS A WEEK: A Palm Beach charter school will move to a four-day week in January to give students more opportunities for activities outside school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
SHOW THEM THE MONEY: FEMA says the Broward school district should repay money it received in hurricane cleanup assistance that it can't prove was properly used, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MORE THAN BIBLES: An agreement to allow a Christian group to distribute free Bibles in Collier schools on Religious Freedom Day also will let other groups provide other materials to students, the Naples Daily News reports.
LET THE NEXT BOARD DECIDE: The current Collier School Board didn't renew their superintendent, but will leave it to the post-election board to pick the next leader, the Naples Daily News reports.
MISUSE OF FUNDS? Some Palm Beach parents contend that superintendent Art Johnson mismanaged the district's funds in allowing a former top administrator to work for the Memphis school district while still on the clock at home, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SAVE OUR SCHOOL: Angry Duval parents question the district's proposed move of their popular magnet programs, the Florida Times-Union reports.