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Florida education news: Pasco super race, FAMU hazing, kids at college, and more



SECRETARY TO SUPERINTENDENT?: Fresh off a stint as Florida's secretary of state, Kurt Browning files to run for Pasco schools superintendent.

DON’T DISS LARGO: Students at Largo Middle School get proactive to fight a negative image and a nasty word. 

FAMU WARNING: A former Florida A&M University student claims she told a band official about former incidents of hazing just weeks before the death of the school’s drum major, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

KIDS ON CAMPUS: Preteens and young children are now able to enroll at Lake-Sumter Community College following a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights sparked by a complaint from the parents of a 12-year-old home schooled girl who was barred from enrolling, the Sentinel reports.

ADS ON BUSES: Charging some students for school bus rides and selling advertising on buses are among the ideas on the table as the Palm Beach School Board looks to close its budget gap, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

TRIP TROUBLE: A Palm Beach County band director is accused of using more than $80,000 of school money to bring family and friends along on school trips to Paris and London, and a grand jury said he got away with it because of lax oversight within the Palm Beach County School District, the Sun Sentinel reports.

‘DRACONIAN’ IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: In a column for the New York Times praising the state of New York’s balanced approach to a new teacher evaluation system, a professor of economical education gives Florida an anti-shout-out of sorts, calling the state's policies “draconian.”  

[Last modified: Sunday, February 19, 2012 11:22pm]


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