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Florida education news: Palm scanners, class size, professor tenure and more



naypalmbw101611a_195439c.jpegHOLD OUT YOUR HAND: Pinellas elementary schools begin using palm scanners to cut waiting time in lunch lines. (Times photo, Chris Zuppa) 

UNDER SCUTINY: A former Hillsborough private school operator is removed from her new Milwaukee principal job over problems back in Lutz, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

CLASS SIZE: Palm Beach schools comply with the 2002 amendment a year after being the state's worst offender, the Palm Beach Post reports. • About half of Broward's classrooms fail to meet the mark, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Polk schools make the standard despite larger than expected enrollment, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

FOR SALE? Miami-Dade looks into selling its district headquarters to a downtown casino developer, the Miami Herald reports.

TENURE TALK: University of Florida faculty and administrators worry that Gov. Rick Scott's desire to end tenure could damage the university, the Gainesville Sun reports.

LEARN IT ELSEWHERE: Duval school officials balk at offering a new state mandated safe dating course, the Florida Times-Union reports. 

NEW HIRE: FCAT scoring changes prompt the Escambia School Board to hire a new administrator to oversee implementation, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. 

SILENT TREATMENT: Edison State College's president doesn't respond to growing calls for his removal, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

HEALTHY CHOICES: Bay schools try to give students more nutritious meal options, the Panama City News Herald reports.

ACT WINS: The ACT has overtaken the SAT as the most popular college entrance exam for Florida students, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with incoming Florida K-12 chancellor Pam Stewart.

[Last modified: Saturday, October 15, 2011 6:48am]


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