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Florida education news: Scientology school, school grading, parent trigger and more



life_212328a.jpegNO GO: Pinellas superintendent John Stewart raises concerns that could spell trouble for a charter school affiliated with Scientology. 

MORE F'S EXPECTED: The Florida Board of Education adopts new rules for grading schools (Times) that are likely to push grades downward (Orlando Sentinel).

SPEAKING OUT: The Hillsborough School Board considers rules governing who may speak at district schools amid complaints that an Islamic group advocate addressed a group of students.

LONG ROAD AHEAD: USF president Judy Genshaft says it's not possible for the school's Lakeland campus to gain independent accreditation by July.

BREAK A LEG: Pasco's River Ridge Middle School proves to be a hotbed for the stage.

GET BACK ON TRACK: The Pinellas school district administration needs an overhaul after years of drifting, the Times editorializes.

START YOUR ENGINES: Several Duval students are left waiting for a ride to school after their buses don't arrive because of a shuttle contract with the Daytona 500, the Florida Times Union reports.

NOT SO EMPOWERED: The parent empowerment bill might get reheard by the Senate education appropriations committee after complaints that the panel didn't follow rules in its debate and vote, the Naples Daily News reports. (Note: Sen. Evelyn Lynn is a Republican, not a Democrat as the story states.)

MOVING RIGHT ALONG: Legislation to allow UF and FSU to charge whatever tuition they wish wins easy approval in the Florida Legislature, the News Service of Florida reports.

LABOR NEWS: Brevard school support workers win raises or bonuses in their new contract, Florida Today reports.

OFF THE RECORD: The Polk school district seeks to assign civil citations to students who commit misdemeanors on school campuses, rather than arrest them, the Ledger reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 6:17am]


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