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Florida education news: Teacher ratings, eighth-grade retention, school soda sales and more



A4s_usfoil061110_125750cTAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE OIL SPILL: Florida's universities seek $100 million in oil spill research funds from BP. (Times photo, Kathleen Flynn)

HOW GOOD IS YOUR TEACHER? The Hillsborough school district hires the University of Wisconsin's Value-Added Research Center to rate all its educators' worth.

FIRED: A Hernando teacher and coach loses his job over drunken text messaging with a student.

MAKING IT: Several Hillsborough students held back in eighth grade find school success instead of dropping out. 

CUT, BUT NOT GONE: The Pinellas County Center for the Arts program gets its budget reduced, but the program remains.

GRAD NOTES: JROTC helps Central High graduate Cierra Williams make it through school.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Thank A Soldier Day is a soaring successMoton students get science lessons via NASA video sessionSensory lab helps special-needs students at Pepin Academies 

FCAT WOES: Late FCAT scores will cause staffing problems for Polk schools over the summer, the Lakeland Ledger reports. • NCS Pearson has a history of testing-related troubles, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SAFE HAVEN: Haiti earthquake refugees find a bond in school, but have trouble locating affordable programs to keep together in the summer, the Miami Herald reports.

BETTER PARKING, PLEASE: Motorcycle riders say they save gas and seek priority parking at Florida Gulf Coast University, the Naples Daily News reports.

REPRIEVE: Palm Beach gives its only African-themed charter school another chance to succeed, the Palm Beach Post reports.

COKE IS STILL IT (SORTA): Volusia schools approve a new soda exclusivity deal with Coca-Cola, only without full-sugared sodas in the mix, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

LESS SECURE: Bay schools could see their resource officer program cut in half because of budget cuts, the Panama City News-Herald reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:07am]


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