Florida education news: school improvement, school grading, school choice and more
OUCH: Several Hillsborough students get last-minute shots and supplies at a back-to-school fair. (Times photo, Kim Wilmath)
FIXING IT: The new principal of struggling Royal Palm High in Palm Beach works to improve the school's programs and its image, the Palm Beach Post reports.
IMMEDIATE RESPONSE: For-profit colleges with ties to Florida change their admission and financial aid practices after the release of a scathing federal audit, the Florida Times Union reports.
DOUBTS AND SHORTCOMINGS: The dubious nature of this year's FCAT scores makes any news about school grades ring hollow this year, Palm Beach Post columnist Jac Wilder VerSteeg writes.
FOLLOWING FLORIDA: Arizona adopts Florida's school grading system and plans to implement other Florida education laws too, the Arizona Republic reports. • Oklahoma could do well to copy some of Florida's good ideas, the Oklahoman editorializes.
WHO NEEDS AN MBA? Many south Florida business schools begin offering more certificate programs to give working students an edge, the Miami Herald reports.
YOU'RE IN: More than 70 percent of Lee students get their school of choice, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
KIPP'S FLORIDA DEBUT: The KIPP charter school in Duval County gets students off to an early start, the Florida Times Union reports.
LOOKING AHEAD: Many Palm Beach teachers are thrilled to have last year's "depressing" mandated testing and curriculum rules eliminated, the Palm Beach Post reports.