Florida education news: Student-athletes, NCLB tutoring, cursive handwriting and more
FREE AGENCY: Magnet school transfer policies have allowed Palm Beach student athletes to essentially become free agents for schools to lure, the Palm Beach Post reports. (Palm Beach Post photo)
TOO MANY TESTS: Miami-Dade makes midterms and finals optional for middle and high school students, saying kids already are over-tested, the Miami Herald reports.
NO MORE TUTORING? No Child Left Behind waivers could allow schools to end tutoring programs that had been required but found largely ineffective, although Florida's program had more oversight than most, the AP reports.
HORRIBLE HANDWRITING: South Florida schools increasingly abandon the instruction of cursive writing, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MORE CHARTERS: Collier County could see its number of charter schools double in a year, the Marco Island Eagle reports. • Boynton Beach parents unhappy with their public schools move to open charter schools instead, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ON A MISSION: The Manatee School Board begins budgeting for 2012-13, the Bradenton Herald reports.
DOING WELL: A Flagler magnet school aimed at helping elementary students who have fallen behind remains small but sees successes, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.