Florida education news: Reading camp, Bright Futures, FCAT testing and more
THANKS FOR COMING: An Armwood High graduate wins a new car for perfect attendance during the last semester of senior year. (Times photo, Daniel Wallace)
YOU'RE NOT FIRED: Few Hillsborough teachers get poor marks under the district's new evaluation system.
SEEKING VOTES: Challenger Don Stephenson tries to distinguish himself from incumbent Joanne Hurley in the race for Pasco School Board District 2. • Candidates for Pinellas School Board share their views at a two-hour public forum.
READING CAMP: Pasco County teachers hope to instill a love of reading in third graders who struggled on the FCAT and face retention.
LISTEN AND LEARN: Florida state and local education officials need to have a more productive conversation about student testing, the Herald-Tribune editorializes.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SCIENCE: Florida's Bright Futures scholarship could be redefined to support students in STEM fields, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
OTHER OPTIONS: Growing numbers of rural Florida students consider choices such as virtual classes and home schooling over the traditional neighborhood school, the Gainesville Sun reports.
RENEWED: The Collier School Board offers first-year superintendent Kamela Patton a two-year contract extension, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TEACHER TRAINING: Manatee schools take a new look at professional development as they end early-release Wednesdays, the Bradenton Herald reports.
MAINTENANCE NEEDS: A decrease in maintenance and inspection staff leads to an increase in safety citations at Palm Beach schools, the Palm Beach Post reports.
STARTUP LESSONS: Florida Polytechnic might look to Florida Gulf Coast University for ideas of how to start a university from scratch, the Ledger reports.