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Florida education news: School vouchers, religion in school, corporate sponsors and more



imgres.jpegVOUCHERS, PRO AND CON: Give Florida parents more school choices, Patricia Levesque of the Foundation for Florida's Future writes in a piece for the Times. Choices must be offered under an umbrella of fiscal accountability that improves the public schools, former Florida education commissioner Betty Castor writes. (Photo from

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Florida's No. 5 ranking in Quality Counts does not translate into a school system that is the best it could be, the Miami Herald reports.

DUMP THE FINES: Florida lawmakers should vacate all fines for class size violations given the state's dire fiscal situation, the Bradenton Herald editorializes.

ZERO TOLERANCE CHALLENGE: Broward School Board members struggle to find the best way to implement policies dealing with toy or replica weapons brought to school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

OPEN DOORS: Collier schools will welcome a broad range of religion and civic activists to talk to students on Religion Day, the Naples Daily News reports.

NO HAITIAN INFLUX: The Haitian earthquake refugees coming to Miami-Dade schools were not as many or as poor as expected, the NY Times reports.

YOUR NAME HERE: Brevard schools investigate the possibility of corporate sponsors for athletic teams, Florida Today reports.

UNFAIRLY ACCUSED? St. Johns teachers and administrators say the anti-teacher rhetoric coming from many fronts is unwarranted, the St. Augustine Record reports.

[Last modified: Sunday, January 16, 2011 6:43am]


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