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Florida education news: Parent involvement, Advanced Placement, school homework and more



PARENT POWER: Families joined teachers at Pinellas Southern Oak Elementary School to stop a proposed reconfiguration with a neighboring school before it could take root. 

blood.jpegTOP OF THE CLASS: Springstead students learn the importance of blood donationKids sample galactic treats at MOSI holiday campPowell program yields enough food to fill a Hummer (Times photo, Will Vragovic)

TEACH TO THE TEST: Students who earn A's in Advanced Placement classes should be able to pass the AP exam, the Times editorializes.

ONE STEP CLOSER: The Florida Department of Education approves 65 applications to participate in the state's Race to the Top grant, the AP reports.

KUDOS: Miami-Dade leaders applaud district high schools that excelled in improving their graduation rates, the Miami Herald reports.

THAT'S SOME STAMINA: At 50 years, principal Dorcas Howard becomes Collier County's longest tenured school employee ever, the Naples Daily News reports.

GET THE MESSAGE: Brevard School Board member Amy Kneessy complains that teachers continue to assign homework over the holidays, Florida Today reports.

MAKE IT YUMMY: A dozen chefs partner with Orange County schools to improve the district's cafeteria menu, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

FIX THE SCHOOLS: Some key Jacksonville-area lawmakers urge Gov.-elect Rick Scott to invest more in the state's public education, the St. Augustine Record reports.

[Last modified: Friday, November 26, 2010 6:22am]


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