Florida education news: Summer learning loss, unfunded mandates, textbook challenge and more
STOP THE SLIDE: Summer is a time when students often lose the learning they gained during the school year. Parents can help prevent the backsliding, columnist Bill Maxwell writes. (AP photo)
A 'QUIET REVOLUTION': Hillsborough County schools are on the forefront of a voluntary effort to reform education, with the impetus of a Gates Foundation grant behind it, the Washington Post reports. (via Seattle Times)
ENOUGH ALREADY: Florida's lawmakers push too many unfunded mandates on public schools, the Lakeland Ledger editorializes.
CLOSER TO HOME: Lee families who have children with autism won't have to endure long commutes to school anymore, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
JOB SEARCH: Hundreds of laid-off Broward teachers are looking for work, preferably still in education, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
A LITTLE HELP: Some schools in Palm Beach have created foundations to help raise funds for things the schools cannot otherwise afford, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
HARVARD BOUND: Collier sends a group of administrators to Harvard for training at a controversial cost of $100,000, the Naples Daily News reports.
MERIT PAY: Florida school districts begin offering teachers extra pay for performance, but in many cases limited funding has kept the payments low, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ABOUT THAT BOOK: A conservative blogger challenges one of Sarasota's history textbooks, saying it's inaccurate and it promotes Islam, the Herald-Tribune reports.