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Florida education news: Pearls, career academies, turnaround schools and more



Pearls girls EMERGING IN PEARLS:A program at Campbell Park Elementary in St. Petersburg aims to guide fifth grade girls – growing up faster than you can imagine - into young women, the St. Petersburg Timesreports. (Times photo by Cherie Diez)

CAREER ACADEMIES READY:Pasco is ready to have at least one career academy at each of its high schools when classes start this fall, the St. Petersburg Times reports.

VPK PROGRESS REPORT:The first 100,000 kids who entered VPK in 2005 are now headed into third grade, the Naples Daily News reports.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADING CHANGES: South Florida districts prepare for the new high school grading formula, which is based on a lot more than the FCAT, the Miami Herald reports.

MODEL FOR SUCCESS: A once struggling St. Lucie County school shows others, including one in Marion County, how to pull off a turnaround, the Ocala Star Banner reports.

TURN OFF THE LIGHTS: Elementary classrooms in Brevard County choose “energy monitors,” students tasked with turning off lights, shutting blinds and unplugging appliances, Florida Today reports.

STILL MORE TO DO: Lee County superintendent James Browder reflects on his six-year tenure, the Fort Myers News Press reports.

SUMMER HOMEWORK: More Treasure Coast students have adopted summer reading requirements, reports.

PERSUADE, LEAD: The next chancellor of Florida’s university system needs to be persuasive, articulate, accomplished, passionate and politically savvy, the Orlando Sentinel reports. He’ll also have to find his place among high education’s “hierarchy of power players,” the Tallahassee Democrat editorializes.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:28am]


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