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Florida education news: School bus safety, vouchers, physical education and more



Pasbuses063009_74208c KEEPING KIDS SAFE: Pasco rolls out a new bus ID program aimed at getting elementary kids to the right bus stops after school.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL: Pinellas teachers say they'll take a one-day furlough, but only if the district will pay salary steps for years of service.

NO DIFFERENCE: A long-awaited study shows that students using Florida's voucher programs perform no better or worse than their counterparts in public school, though their schooling costs much less.

LESS LIKELY TO GRADUATE: Black males in Florida are completing high school at a lower rate than the national average, which is a low 47 percent, WCTV-Tallahassee reports.

ONE OF THE BIG BOYS: Manatee Community College's transition to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, is a positive step toward bringing improved higher education to the counties it serves, the Bradenton Herald editorializes.

LABOR NEWS: FAU professors file a formal complaint against the school, saying their layoffs violate their union contract, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Collier teachers and administration put more ideas on the table but remain far from a settled contract, the Naples Daily News reports. • Pensacola Junior College lays off its custodians, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

MORE P.E., PLEASE: New state law requires middle school kids to take more physical education classes. Families can request a waiver, but some South Florida teachers don't figure to see many because kids like P.E., the Sun-Sentinel reports.

A NEW ROLE FOR BROGAN? Former education commissioner and lieutenant governor Frank Brogan, who's now president of FAU, might put his name in contention to become chancellor of the Florida university system, the Sun-Sentinel reports.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:27am]


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