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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: Teacher contracts, school impact fees, end of course exams and more

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March

teacher_rally.ON THE FLOOR: A bill to change teachers' terms of employment hits the full Florida Senate today. Here's a brief rundown of what's in the bill. • It's expected to sail through the Legislature, the Miami Herald reports. • Protests continued Tuesday, the Herald-Tribune reports. • Many teachers feel they're being targeted, the St. Augustine Record reports. • More from the NY Times. (Times photo, Douglas Clifford)

IN PINELLAS: Pinellas schools superintendent Julie Janssen tries to put an expected $60 million spending cut into perspective. Also in Pinellas, Janssen proposes two new fundamental schools, and parents raise concerns about discipline at Pinellas Park Middle.

ANOTHER VOICE: The Hernando School Board will add a student representative to its ranks.

TENSION: A push to slash Pasco County's education impact fees pits school employees vs. construction workers.

CELL TOWERS: The Hillsborough School Board debates the pros and cons of allowing cell phone towers on school campuses.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Two women help turn trash into treasure for Gulfside ElementaryRushe Middle School students take top honors in PTA Reflections competition 

CALENDAR CHANGES: New state end-of-course exams prompt Brevard schools to set a later starting date for 2011-12 classes, Florida Today reports.

ETHICAL BEHAVIOR: The Broward School Board works to better define lobbying, gifts and other things that got members in trouble in the past, the Miami Herald reports.

SPENDING CUTS: Palm Beach's new interim superintendent pledges to avoid layoffs despite big budget cuts, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Duval officials talk furloughs and four-day weeks to cope with expected shortfalls, the Florida Times-Union reports.

RECOGNIZE ANY NAMES? Applicants begin to submit resumes for the Lee superintendent job, the Naples Daily News reports.

SEEKING TO SERVE: A larger than usual field of Volusia and Flagler residents apply to serve on the Daytona State College board as the school aims to overcome troubles, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 6:11am]

    

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