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Florida education news: Union dues, Bright Futures, classroom cameras and more



madeline_guerrero_left_and_austin_fisher_both_10_and_fifth-graders_at_james_marlowe_elementary_in_new_port_richey_check_out_animal_tracks_on_a_2009_camp_hike_at_cross_bar_ranch.jpegAWARD WINNING AND THREATENED: Pasco County's nationally recognized summer environmental camp might not survive budget cuts. (Times file photo)

ANTI-UNION EFFORT: A bill to bar Florida school districts and other public agencies from collecting union dues for employees struggles to find wide support in the Florida Senate. More from NPR.

LOW MORALE: A newly released report finds morale and management problems in the Pasco County schools.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Murals help walls teach at Springs Coast Environmental Education CenterBarnes Scholarship winners overcame adversity 

SEEKING DAMAGES: The Volusia school district joins a lawsuit over the BP oil spill, the Daytona Beach News Journal reports. Polk also signs on, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

NEW CRITERIA: Florida lawmakers should tie Bright Futures scholarships more closely to financial need, the Lakeland Ledger editorializes.

TEST CONFLICT: Some Jewish parents complain that FCAT testing overlaps with Passover, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

BUDGET CUTS: The Miami-Dade School Board approves about 200 layoffs and a 20 percent pay cut in maintenance and facilities, the Miami Herald reports.

STAYING POWER: Palm Beach's interim superintendent accepts a contract extension, the Palm Beach Post reports.

CLASSROOM CAMERAS: Marion school officials consider placing cameras in classrooms of disabled students who cannot speak up if they are mistreated, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 14, 2011 6:13am]


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