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Florida education news: Truancy, community service, longer school year and more



Per_sullivan2_87831c TRUANCY MATTERS: Pinellas Circuit Judge Irene Sullivan talks about her philosophy of running truancy court. Her goal is to get kids successful in school, then successful in life.

UPBEAT: FAMU Law has a new attitude as it turns itself around.

NO MORE RED FACES: Lakeland High School's new principal works to make sure the school doesn't receive any more D grades from the state, the Lakeland Ledger reports. • Bay High has similar desires, the Panama City News Herald reports.

CONFLICTING MISSIONS: As USF and State College of Florida in Manatee and Sarasota fight over four-year degree programs, and the state needs to redefine the governance structure that once worked well for community colleges and universities, the Herald-Tribune editorializes.

CAMPAIGN WORK CAN COUNT: Collier will let students earn community service credit working on political campaigns — but only if they're nonpartisan races, the Naples Daily News reports. • Alachua aims to control employees' political activities, as well, the Gainesville Sun reports.

MORE SCHOOL? With spending cuts continuing, a longer school year isn't likely for Florida, the Gainesville Sun reports. • The idea gets mixed reviews in Panama City schools, the Panama City News Herald reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:37am]


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