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Florida education news: Tenure, merit pay, politics and more



B4S_Baypoint032810a_114569c NEW ATTITUDE: Bay Point Middle School in Pinellas County tries a shifting school schedule to keep students fresh and out of trouble. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)

TARGETED: Hillsborough schools plan to more aggressively remove teachers who are not making enough gains with their students.

FIGHTING BACK: Feeling threatened like never before by the Florida Legislature, many Pasco teachers are standing up in opposition. • Even teachers who are Republicans are upset by the moves in the Capitol.

SPECIAL TREATMENT: Students who make the best grades at the University of South Florida get extra privileges, such as first dibs on course registration.

UNREALISTIC: Florida lawmakers aren't doing enough to deal with the state's budget crisis, the Times editorializes.

MERIT PAY: Florida might become the first state in the country to implement universal teacher merit pay, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

THINK FIRST: Many students are finding themselves in debt with unusable diplomas after attending for-profit career colleges, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

LESS SAFE: Broward County students see a rise in crimes at school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

PARENT RESPONSIBILITY: Teachers play a key role in student success, but parents need to step up, too, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.

NUMBERS GAME: Supporters of converting Boca Raton High School into a charter say the money adds up, but Palm Beach school district officials disagree, the Sun-Sentinel reports. (Via the Palm Beach Post)

LESSONS NEEDED: Parents are upset that Orange schools plan to eliminate a successful bilingual program, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:55am]


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