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Florida education news: Summer school, virtual schooling, Bright Futures scholarships and more



calendar.jpegON THE CALENDAR: The Hillsborough School Board adopts a 2011-12 calendar without the contoversy of past efforts. 

SUMMER OPTIONS: A Pasco School Board member suggests cutting summer school to save money.

TAKEOVER: The Hillsborough school district takes control of a struggling charter school for troubled youths.

NOT ON THE LIST: Hernando superintendent Bryan Blavatt picks Dave Dannemiller, who did not apply, to lead the district's newest K-8 school.

LOWER FEES: The Pasco County Commission decides to halve school impact fees despite a request from the School Board to keep the same rate.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Valedictorian and salutatorian for Pasco High and Genesis Preparatory.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL: The Florida Education Association seeks compromise on measures aiming to lessen the state's class size requirements, the AP reports.

MORE TIME ONLINE: Florida lawmakers push a proposal to vastly expand virtual schooling options, leaving some to question whether the quality of education would be lessened, the Palm Beach Post reports.

DIFFERENT DIRECTION: Florida leaders need to overhaul the scope and mission of the Bright Futures scholarship program, Miami Herald columnist Jackie Bueno Sousa writes.

LAST RESORT: Lee school officials try to cut spending without layoffs, the Naples Daily News reports.

MORE INFORMATION: The Flagler school district considers adopting an "abstinence-plus" sex education curriculum, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

WIN-WIN: Martin district leaders look into a new high school schedule that would let students sleep longer and save the district money, the Stuart News reports.

ONE FORCE: Palm Beach officials examine the pros and cons of merging the school district police force into the county Sheriff's Office, the Palm Beach Post reports.

READY OR NOT? Okaloosa high schools say they're prepared to offer FCAT exams on computers, but some students worry about the new format, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

FIX IT: The Broward School Board tells superintendent Jim Notter to repair the district's construction department before his planned departure, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 6:23am]


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