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Florida education news: Quality Counts, FCAT scores, school start times and more



quality_counts_cover.jpegON THE RISE: Florida's public school system ranks No. 5 in Education Week's ratings (up from No. 8), thanks largely to gains students are making. Arguments ensue over the reasons why. 

LATE STARTS? The Hillsborough School Board considers replacing early-release days with late-start days for teacher planning.

GETTING READY: Collier school officials look for ways to prepare students for Florida's new end-of-course algebra exam, the Naples Daily News reports.

DO BETTER: The state passing level for FCAT Writing could rise this year because of scoring changes, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

PAY UP: Manatee school bus drivers complain that they're not being properly paid, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.

ADMISSIONS UNDER FIRE: Hollywood city officials challenge two Montessori schools to change their admission policies to be more open to low-income minority students, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SHORTCHANGED: A federal report suggests that Brevard schools aren't getting all the money owed them in lieu of taxes for federal lands, Florida Today reports.

ABOUT THAT MONEY: A state audit raises concerns about how the Manatee school district spent some of its capital funds, the Bradenton Times reports.

START TIMES: An Okaloosa pediatrician urges the School Board to have high schools start classes later and elementary schools earlier for children's health, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

STUDENT VOICES: The Marion School Board agrees to create an advisory council of high school students, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.


[Last modified: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 11:42am]


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