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Florida education news: Third-grade retention, school uniforms, class size penalties and more

small.jpegIT NEVER ENDS: Negotiations continue informally even when the Hillsborough school district and teachers union have completed contracts. 

BIDDING QUESTIONS: The Pinellas school district keeps asking the same few companies — two of which are jointly owned — to bid on print jobs.

OUTTA HERE: Longtime Pinellas administrator Carol Thomas steps down amid an investigation into her private business ties.

NEW ATTITUDE: Hernando's former STAR Academy alternative school changes its focus to computer-based education.

GRAD NEWS: Pinellas valedictorians and salutatorians 

BENEFITS OF TENURE: USF professor Dajin Peng is found to have violated plenty of rules, but he still gets to keep his job.

TWO SETS OF RULES: Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino should show a poor performing former principal the door rather than laying off other employees who did their jobs well, the Times editorializes.

LOOPHOLES: Palm Beach schools find ways to promote third graders who failed to pass the FCAT reading exam, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TICKED: Monroe school officials are upset that they spent $1 million to meet class size rules and then the state didn't penalize districts that didn't even try, the Keynoter reports.

BUDGET CUTS: Palm Beach proposes teacher furloughs to save $5 million, the Sun-Sentinel reports. • Sarasota eliminates elementary school intervention teachers who help the lowest performing students with reading, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SAFE IN SCHOOL: The Broward School Board adopts new rules to protect transgender students, the Miami Herald reports.

SHOW THEM THE JOBS: Gov. Rick Scott's "jobs" budget will cost thousands of people including teachers their jobs, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TEACHERS RATING TEACHERS: Brevard schools adopt new evaluations that let colleagues evaluate one another's performance, Florida Today reports.

GIVE IT ANOTHER YEAR: Alachua schools plan to stick with district uniforms, saying they're working well for discipline, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Sunday, June 5, 2011 7:49am]


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