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Florida education news: USF fund raising, teacher complaints, school rent and more



C4S_bloodyleavitt112_95133c AFTERSHOCKS: The firing of USF football coach Jim Leavitt could hurt the school's capital campaign. The decision was the right move, the Times editorializes. (Times photo, Chris Zuppa)

FRUSTRATED: About 60 Pinellas teachers greet superintendent Julie Janssen with their complaints and concerns. Janssen said she favors later high school start times during the session.

LOSS OF LOCAL CONTROL: St. John's school officials say they don't like Race to the Top because it takes away their ability to lead, the Florida Times-Union reports.

GOOD LUCK: Former US education secretary Margaret Spellings tells a Naples crowd that Race to the Top could work if done properly, the Naples Daily News reports. (Collier is one of the districts that hasn't joined in.)

ON THE DECLINE: Smaller numbers of Lee and Collier teachers seek national certification as state support for the program dries up, the Naples Daily News reports.

NEW STUFF: Seminole State College opens a new library and kicks off its first four-year degree program when classes resume next week, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

NO MORE FREEBIES: Escambia ends the practice of near-zero rent for nonprofits and churches to use the district's buildings during non-class hours, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

BALANCING ACT: Alachua schools try to find a comfortable thermostat setting without breaking the bank as temperatures plummet, the Gainesville Sun reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with University of Florida education dean Catherine Emihovich.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:46am]


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