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Florida education news: Teacher pensions, student scholarships, FCAT cheating and more



teachers.jpegUNCONSTITUTIONAL? The Florida Education Association sues the state over a new law that would force state workers to pay for part of their pensions. (Times photo)

MAKING THE PITCH: Five finalists interview to become Florida's new education commissioner.

SEEKING ADVICE: Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen asks Hillsborough's School Board attorney whether her board can discuss her performance in private.

SCHOLARSHIP CANCELED: About 1,400 top Florida students lose a $1,500 competitive scholarship as the federal government decides not to fund it, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

CAN'T KEEP UP: Manatee school officials struggle to create a budget as revenue does not keep pace with inflation, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TAINTED TESTS: The Florida Department of Education invalidates thousands of FCAT test results amid cheating concerns, WCTV reports. 

POINTING FINGERS: Broward teachers and administration can't agree on evaluations, which could cost the district millions, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

GETTING READY: Polk offers kindergarten readiness programs for children who haven't gone through preschool, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

LABOR NEWS: Bay teachers face pay cuts and furloughs, the Panama City News Herald reports.

R.I.P.: Fiery Palm Beach teachers union president Robert Dow has died, the Palm Beach Post reports.

COMING UP: The Florida Board of Education is poised to choose a new commissioner. Watch online starting at 8:30 a.m.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 6:38am]


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