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Florida education news: Union talks, lawsuits and opinions on pre-k and college tuition



WIGGLE ROOM: The Hernando teacher’s union makes counteroffers in contract talks with the school district but the two sides fall short of a deal.

CHARTER BACKERS: The proposed the Classical Preparatory School in Land O’Lakes has a couple of well-connected supporters.

THE LAST BELL: Berean Christian Academy in Tampa closes its doors after 11 years.
DON’T SCRIMP ON THE LITTLE ONES: Cutting funding for Florida’s voluntary prekindergarten program is shortsighted, the Times editorializes.  
STICK AROUND: The Miami-Dade School Board votes unanimously to extend superintendent Alberto Carvalho’s contract through 2015, the Miami Herald reports.
COLLEGE SUIT: Four former Bethune-Cookman University are suing the school, claiming they were let go because they confronted the president with a host of problems including embezzlement, the Orlando Sentinel reports.  
DISTRICT SUIT: A circuit judge rejects a request by the Collier County School Board to dismiss a lawsuit by the ACLU of Florida alleging the school district failed to comply with its repeated requests for public records about 10 middle school students who held a “Kick-a-Jew Day” in 2009, the Naples Daily News reports.
BLEAK OUTLOOK: Three struggling Duval County high schools might soon be turned over to a management organization, the Florida Times-Union reports.
GEDS BEHIND BARS: GED classes for inmates in Volusia County are likely to end due to changes to state law, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
BAD CALL: Voting to raise University of Florida’s tuition is wrong, a student says in this guest column in the Independent Florida Alligator.
WHERE’S JEB?: Fresh off a visit to Idaho, Former Gov. Jeb Bush heads to Michigan, where he testifies about Florida's education experience before a joint House-Senate Education Committee in Lansing, the Detroit News reports.


[Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2011 6:59am]


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