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Florida education news: School reform, merit pay, pre-k and more



Ridgewood_high_school UP TO THE TASK: Pasco's Ridgewood High School prepares for major changes as one of the state's lowest performing schools. (Photo from

THAT'S BUSINESS: St. Leo University will get a new home for its School of Business.

PROTEST EXHAUSTION: The numbers of people coming out to oppose Palm Beach School Board actions has begun to dwindle, the Palm Beach Post reports.

PRE-K TO BA: Edison State College seeks to provide a complete seamless education, the Naples Daily News reports.

ON VOUCHERS: Some Florida lawmakers see expansion of the state's corporate tax credit scholarship program as a way to get more kids into private schools, which would leave state funding of public schools to be spread among fewer students, the AP reports.

BALANCING ACT: Many college students who must work while attending classes have a hard time, so they tend to drop out, the Miami Herald reports.

SCANDAL: Federal investigators demand records from the Sarasota school district involving a white board supplier and a scandal in Arizona, the Herald-Tribune reports.

MERIT PAY IS GOOD: If Florida's push to pay teachers for performance pushes the bad ones out of classrooms, so much the better, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.

ELECTION CHANCES SLIM: It's looking more unlikely that Monroe will have an election for a new superintendent this year, the Keynoter reports.

VPK STRUGGLES: Some north Florida pre-k providers worry budget cuts will damage the state's Voluntary Prekindergarten program quality, the Pensacola News Journal reports. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:54am]


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