Florida education news: school improvement, civics education, graduation rates and more
ROOM TO IMPROVE: Pinellas' Dixie Hollins High is looking to a combination of college prep and career-tech courses to turn around years of poor academic performance. (Times photo, Kathleen Flynn)
CUTTING COSTS: The Pasco School Board looks to save millions without forcing secondary teachers to teach six of six periods daily.
FIRST IN LINE: The Pinellas school district is Florida's first to collect the three signatures required for participation in Race to the Top. • Polk officials, who did not participate in the first round, are more interested this time out, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
ROOM FOR DOUBT: Florida should set rules for charter schools that require schools such as Imagine to meet strict definitions of nonprofit so state money goes to education and not profit, the Times editorializes.
NEW REQUIREMENT: Gov. Charlie Crist has signed into law a bill requiring middle schoolers to take civics and pass a test before entering high school, the AP reports.
HELP THEM: Florida school districts should improve the way they report graduation rates, better assisting students who move to alternative programs along the way, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes.
WHO ARE YOU? Kids at Miami American High School look beyond race to define themselves, the Miami Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: A magistrate says Indian River teachers should get their step increases again once the district's finances improve, the Vero Beach Press Journal reports.
MORE SLEEP: St. Lucie looks at pushing back school start times to save millions, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.