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Florida education news: Texting and driving, private school enrollment, FCAT results and more

texting_2_222686a.jpegDON'T DO IT: As teens prepare for a summer filled with driving, some Tampa area schools bring the "It Can Wait" message about the dangers of texting and driving to their students. (Times photo, Daniel Wallace)

UPTURN: Tampa area private schools see their enrollments rebound.

OVER: The Pasco School Board ends its social studies textbook adoption controversy without a word.

ANOTHER ONE: Florida gets another task force to study the state's higher education needs.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Chocachatti Elementary students compete in the "science olympics" • 15 Ridgewood High seniors will graduate with nursing assistant certificates • Weeki Wachee High partners with Withlacoochee River Electric for its power and energy curriculum 

OPTIONS: Miami-Dade school district officials talk about legal action against the state if new FCAT results disproportionately affect any group of students, the Miami Herald reports. • Increasing standards and not running away from bad results is what Florida schools need, Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab writes.

LABOR NEWS: Hundreds of Palm Beach teachers pack their School Board meeting to demand step increases, the Palm Beach Post reports.

FIRED: A Sarasota teacher suspected of being drunk at school is fired for refusing to take a drug test, the Herald-Tribune reports.

NEVER MISSED: A Broward senior is recognized for perfect attendance since kindergarten, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

RULES: Monroe School Board members can't agree on how strict to be with their superintendent job qualifications as they review applicants, the Keynoter reports.

TAXES: The Alachua School Board will ask voters to continue a 1-mill property tax to support school operations, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 17, 2012 6:16am]


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