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Florida education news: School reform, class size, Race to the Top and more



Jeb JEB IS IN THE HOUSE: As Florida lawmakers prepare to tackle major education issues, the ideas of former governor Jeb Bush loom large.

WHAT WON'T COST? Florida's higher education system needs improvement, but lawmakers warn there's not a lot of money to make big change.

ARE YOU IN? Pinellas families can find out whether they got their school choices beginning Monday.

OPEN EYES: The Pinellas school district needs to look more closely at its bidding and contracting to ensure more scams aren't happening, the Times editorializes.

VERY COMPETITIVE: Florida is among three states with the strongest applications for the Race to the Top grant, City Journal columnist Thomas W. Carroll writes.

WHAT'S THE RIGHT SIZE? Expect a major debate over the future of Florida's class size amendment during the coming legislative session, the Orlando Sentinel reports. More from the Florida Times-Union.

STUDENTS, LEAD YOURSELVES: Children at a Collier elementary school track their own progress and help set academic goals with their teachers, the Naples Daily News reports.

HERE THEY COME: Okaloosa schools prepare for an influx of nearly 2,000 children as Army Special Forces open a new base there, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

NO THANKS: A teacher wins a discrimination case against the Wakulla private school that fired her because she was pregnant, then declines to take the job back, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Wendy Howard, a Pasco County mom who is spearheading an effort to open access to virtual education in Florida.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:51am]


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