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Florida education news: UF tuition, anti-war AP assignment, high-stakes testing and more

b4s_uftuition060912_225957c.jpegNOT SO MUCH: University of Florida president Bernie Machen announces he won't seek a 15 percent tuition increase, and that he'll retire next year. 

OBJECTIONABLE: A Wiregrass Ranch High dad complains that his daughter's AP reading assignment is too anti-war.

POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE: Boca Ciega High celebrates an early morning graduation ceremony. • Elfers Christian School valedictorian and salutatorian 

REVAMP: The University of South Florida upgrades its student library to make it more user-friendly. 

ANTI-TESTING: The Okaloosa School Board ponders joining the movement calling for less high-stakes testing, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Palm Beach Classroom Teachers Association picks a new executive director, the Palm Beach Post reports.

REVERSAL: Facing a lawsuit, the Ocala superintendent allows Vanguard High students to begin a Gay-Straight Alliance, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Broward's superintendent gives himself a B for his job performance so far, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

REMEDIATION TIME: Duval's low-performing readers in kindergarten through second grade are required to attend summer school to help them catch up, the Florida Times-Union reports.

PARTNERS: Several Lee business leaders prepare to work more closely with school district career academies, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

NOT WORKING: Manatee's superintendent will recommend ending early-release Wednesdays as ineffective despite surveys supporting the initiative, the Bradenton Herald reports.

OUT: A Taylor County teacher quits and faces investigation after his students say he showed the title of a gay sex video on a classroom projector, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. • A Polk high school paraprofessional faces charges for paying for sex with students at the school, the Ledger reports. • A former Orange County principal is reported to have physically attacked a student, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Gary Huggins, CEO of the National Summer Learning Association.

[Last modified: Saturday, June 9, 2012 8:07am]


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