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Florida education news: School grades, frustrated superintendent, state lawsuit and more

SCHOOL GRADES GALORE: Pinellas weathers the tougher criteria, F schools in Hillsborough improve, Pasco has plenty of points of pride and Hernando slips a bit.

FRUSTRATED SUPERINTENDENT: For the second time in a month, Hernando superintendent Bryan Blavatt warns School Board members that they’re cramping his leadership style.
ON THEIR OWN: In an effort to chip away at a budget deficit, the Hernando board opts to nix courtesy bus service for students who live within two miles of school.
LAWYERED UP: Arguments begin in Tallahassee in a lawsuit that asks the courts to address school budget cuts, the school accountability system and low test scores and graduation rates, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
IN THE CLEAR: The Florida Department of Education exonerates a Manatee County charter school of FCAT cheating allegations, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.  
FOUR CHEERS: Officials at Park Vista High School in Boynton Beach  decide to add four additional cheerleading spots to quell an ongoing controversy stemming allegations of racism, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SAYING GOODBYE: Broward superintendent Jim Notter retires, leaving many challenges for his successor, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
COPS’ CONCERNED FOR KIDS: Police officials warn that cuts to early childhood education will mean more criminals for them in the long term, the Miami Herald reports.
VEGGIE VIEWS: Getting more fresh produce in school cafeterias is a noble goal but won’t be easy, the Lakeland Ledger editorializes.

[Last modified: Friday, July 1, 2011 7:05am]


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