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Florida education news: Travel to Cuba, textbook challenge, merit pay and more



imgres.jpegSTAY OUT: Florida maintains its ban on university scholars traveling to Cuba even as the Obama administration opens the door to more open travel.

BIASED BOOKS? A group with ties to the tea party challenges several Florida social studies textbooks as having a pro-Islam, anti-Judeo-Christian bias.

CAREER FOCUS: State Rep. Jimmie T. Smith of Inverness looks for ways to let Florida students remain on a career-technical track despite the state's efforts to boost graduation requirements.

EMPTY SEATS: Florida school districts used state money to build more student stations than needed, the AP reports.

PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR: James Griffin of Broward's Lauderdale Lakes Middle wins the honor, the Miami Herald reports.

TEST PREP: Lee school teachers turn their attention to ensuring their students are prepared for the FCAT as the second semester begins, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

COUNTING STUDENT RESULTS: Broward teachers and school district officials steel themselves for another battle over merit pay as the district receives its Race to the Top funds, the Sun-Sentinel reports. 

NO PARKING: University of West Florida students jockey for scarce parking spots as enrollment rises, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about teacher recruitment with Florida deputy chancellor of education Kathy Hebda.

[Last modified: Saturday, January 22, 2011 6:43am]


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