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Florida education news: Stimulus funds, homework rules, teacher uniforms and more



Shovels-ready NOT THAT KIND OF 'SHOVEL READY': Pasco has an administration complex ready to build, but the federal stimulus fund rules for school construction won't allow that type of expense. (Photo from

TAX RATE TO RISE: Pinellas considers a budget that will cost taxpayers more money, yet provide no raises for teachers.

PAY UP: The Pasco district is on the hook for a $1.6 million jury award for a 2006 school bus accident that permanently injured a teen.

CRITICAL NEEDS: Lake approves a .25-mill property tax increase to cover general spending shortfalls just weeks after saying it wouldn't do so, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

THEY CAN WORK IT OUT: Manatee approves a new policy officially butting out of divorced parents' disputes over their children's education, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TEACHERS, TOO: A Lee charter school group mandates that its instructors wear the same uniforms that students wear, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TOO MUCH WORK: Some Palm Beach parents are protesting the district's new elementary homework policy, which calls for 90 minutes of homework for fourth and fifth graders, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

EVERYONE'S PROBLEM: Flagler's superintendent calls upon the entire community to help eliminate the achievement gap among students of different races, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

KEEPING TABS: Orlando lawyer Wayne Golding speaks with the Orlando Sentinel about his role running the Orange district's biracial oversight committee.

INAPPROPRIATE EXTRA CREDIT: The state attorney's office is investigating a UWF assistant professor's extra credit assignment, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS: UF is no longer the nation's No. 1 party school, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:30am]


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