Florida education news: School grades, Gates grant, job qualifications and more
FCAT FIASCO: Florida's school grades take an unprecedented drop amid challenges from superintendents that the FCAT results are inaccurate. Hillsborough and Pinellas have three F schools each. With details from Pasco and Hernando. (Times photo, Lara Cerri)
STAFFING UP: Hernando and Central high schools in Hernando County plan to add staff to boost struggling performance.
GEARING UP FOR GATES: Hillsborough teachers and administrators get accustomed to the district's new way of evaluating teaching.
MUSICAL CHAIRS: Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen moves popular principal Kevin Hendrick to a district job not long after changing his school assignment. Parents are stunned and upset.
MORE SCHOOL GRADES: Broward and Miami-Dade fare well but leaders still have concerns, the Miami Herald reports. • Manatee schools see declines, the Bradenton Herald reports. • A few Palm Beach and Broward schools see their scores plummet, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • The Lee and Collier districts receive overall A's, the Naples Daily News reports. • Duval experiences an "historic" drop, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Central Florida schools earning D's and F's more than double, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Palm Beach retains its overall A grade, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NOT QUALIFIED: Several Monroe school district employees rose through the ranks to high level jobs without having the minimum qualifications, the Keynoter reports.
TRANSFER OPTIONS: Thousands of Alachua students are eligible for school choice after their schools fail to meet adequate yearly progress, the Gainesville Sun reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Julie Blumenthal, a leader of Parents Against Half Days at Hillsborough County Schools.