Florida education news: School bus safety, student supervision, testing and more
SAFETY CHECK: Pinellas school officials visit several morning bus stops as students return to classes to see how safe — or unsafe — they are. The school district should do more to ensure the system doesn't put children in harm's way, the Times editorializes. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)
HARDER TO GRADUATE: Florida high school students who fail the FCAT now must score higher on the SAT or ACT to use those tests as alternates, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
QUESTIONS REMAIN: Duval School Board members continue to have doubts about participating in the Race to the Top, First Coast News reports. Florida education commissioner Eric J. Smith tells the Miami Herald the state will have a strong application for the grant.
FINISHING UP: Florida Atlantic University is completing an investigation into a hazing complaint and will soon have a recommended course of action, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
IN LOCO PARENTIS? Parents should be able to expect schools will take care in supervising their children, even the teens who are making bad choices, Herald-Tribune columnist Tom Lyons writes.
TOO MUCH, TOO FAST: Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson rescinds almost every part of his controversial testing program, the Palm Beach Post reports.
STILL HOPE: A small Volusia town tries to find positive uses for its closed elementary school, which had been the hub of the community, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.