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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: School advisory councils, charter school rules, school closings and more

Pas_sacchair051310_121454cWHO'S IN CHARGE HERE? Senior Kevin Mangal runs the show as chairman of Wesley Chapel High School's advisory council. (Times photo, Keri Wiginton)

MORE CLOSURES POSSIBLE: Pinellas officials look into shutting more schools to save millions of dollars. Other cuts are also in the works.

CHARTER CHANGES: Tampa-area school lawyers oppose proposed new charter school rules that would make it easier for private companies to make money.

LOOKING GOOD: Hernando teachers union leaders say they're more likely to sign the Race to the Top memorandum of understanding this time around. • Miami-Dade district and union officials have signed off on the deal, the Miami Herald reports.

DUMBING DOWN: Diane Ravitch tells a Boca Raton crowd that the current round of education accountability efforts needs to stop, the Palm Beach Post reports.

UNCERTAIN TIMES: More than 150 Brevard seniors aren't sure whether they'll graduate this week because of delays in FCAT retake results, Florida Today reports.

THREE LEFT: The Polk School Board winnows its field of superintendent candidates, Lakeland's Ledger reports.

CUTTING BACK: Several Broward elementary and middle schools plan to significantly reduce electives amid major cost cutting, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from the Miami Herald.

BUY LOCAL: The Bay School Board considers giving purchasing preference to local companies in order to keep money flowing in the county, the Panama City News Herald reports.

TOUGH FIGHT: A new poll shows support divided for class size changes in Florida, with the state teachers union preparing to mount a major fight, the St. Augustine Record reports.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:01am]


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