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Florida education news: Race to the Top, teacher protests, virtual school and more



nal_truancy120308b_48085c.jpegTACKLING TRUANCY: Hernando school and law enforcement officials get serious about keeping kids in school and off the streets. More here. (Times file photo of Pinellas truancy court)

GIVE IT BACK? A Pasco School Board member suggests the district consider backing out of Race to the Top.

PLAYING FAVORITES: Critics suggest a proposed law to give restricted tax information to a Florida school voucher provider isn't proper. • Many South Florida private schools find their bottom lines padded by the program even as public schools struggle, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

HEY, GOV: Pasco School Board vice chairman Allen Altman talks school funding with Gov. Rick Scott on a chance meeting in New York.

UNLIKELY DUO: President Barack Obama and former governor Jeb Bush bring a welcome bipartisanship to the national education debate, the Times editorializes. More on today's visit from the AP.

PROTESTS: Dozens of Miami-Dade teachers hit the streets to rally against proposed cuts to Florida public education, WSVN reports. Seminole teacher picketed their local lawmakers' offices, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Look for more action across the state today and through next week.

VIRTUAL EDUCATION: Florida leads the charge as more states turn to online schooling, reports.

NOW WHAT? The Sun-Sentinel looks into what could happen now that a grand jury issued a stinging analysis of Broward school business but included no criminal complaints.

IMPROVE MORALE: Palm Beach residents tell School Board members the traits they'd like to see in a new superintendent, the Palm Beach Post reports.

OUTSOURCING: Marion school officials say they could save millions by letting an outside firm handle the district's busing, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

FED UP: Osceola superintendent Mike Grego appears to have quit over an ongoing dispute with the district's board chairwoman, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Friday, March 4, 2011 6:11am]


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