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Florida education news: School improvement, teacher evaluations, texting ban and more

Nal_janssen011010_102130c THE STATE IS WATCHING: Three more Pinellas high schools fall under state scrutiny for poor academic progress.

SPEAKING OF STUDENT PROGRESS: Pinellas begins moving to a new teacher evaluation system that takes into more account student performance.

MOVING ON: Hillsborough Community College president Gwendolyn Stephenson is retiring.

TAXES: Indian River schools will impose a .25 mill critical needs local tax, and Martin schools are considering the tax, WPTV-5 reports. More from the Stuart News.

WHAT'S IN THE BUDGET? The Sun-Sentinel breaks down the highlights of Florida's FY11 education budget.

TEACHERS ARE THERE: As Florida's latest political action proves, teachers are often in the middle of the big events, NYT columnist Gail Collins writes.

WHAT TO WEAR: Manatee schools consider changing their uniform policies, the Bradenton Herald reports.

WHAT? NO PBJ? The Manatee school district considers implementing peanut-free zones because of student allergies, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TEXTING BAN: The Lee school district has banned employees from texting while driving on the job, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TOO WEAK? A parent activist calls Florida's new measure to stem restraint and seclusion of students with special needs too weak, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Nashyia Griffin, a Pasco County turnaround achievement award winner.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:00am]


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