Florida education news: Teachers in training, end of course exams, school prayer and more
KIDS TEACHING KIDS: Students in Hillsborough High's Urban Teaching Academy take over their first classrooms to see what it's really like to be an educator. (Times photo, Stephen J. Coddington)
IN THE TRENCHES: Florida education commissioner Eric J. Smith visits Pasco schools to get a first-hand look at how state policy is being implemented. He also hears some recommendations about how to do it better.
BIG DEAL: The development of an anti-depressant looks to generate millions for USF.
TESTING: Duval educators explore the implications of moving from an FCAT exit exam to end-of-course assessments, the Florida Times-Union reports.
WRONG MOVE: An appellate court rules that Manatee was wrong in forbidding a teacher from bringing a lawyer to an interview with district officials, the Bradenton Herald reports.
LABOR NEWS: Broward's teacher union sues the district to stop implementation of new health insurance benefits, the Miami Herald reports. • FAMU is looking at furloughs and layoffs for 2010-11, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
CLASS SIZE MATTERS: Florida school districts are finding it more difficult to meet the state's class size requirements, and worry that it will be harder to do next year, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
FOR GOD'S SAKE: Some Christian educators in Santa Rosa seek to revamp the district's court decree on school prayer, saying it violates their beliefs and it's too vague, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. More from the Pensacola News-Journal.
YEAR OF TURMOIL: Martin officials are red-faced over their year of squabbling, the Palm Beach Post reports.