Florida education news: USF Poly, Pinellas superintendent, FCAT security and more
NEW UNIVERSITY: Gov. Rick Scott signs into law a measure giving USF Polytechnic its full independence. The governor also vetoed four bills including one related to early learning. The Times editorial board pans Scott's "hollow" commitment to education.
THEY'RE LISTENING: The Pinellas School Board plans sessions to hear what the community wants in a new superintendent.
RULES REVAMPED: Florida's superintendent certification exam gets revised amid allegations that Martin superintendent Nancy Kline cheated on hers, the Stuart News reports.
TOO MUCH TIME: An elongated testing window for the FCAT compromises the exam's security, the Miami Herald reports.
TEACHERS NEEDED: Palm Beach middle schools prepare to add teaching positions to meet class size requirements, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FEELING THE PINCH: Several rural Panhandle school districts face a loss of services because of new budget cuts to education consortia that work with them, the Washington County News reports.
DRIVE SAFELY: Some Broward high school journalism students plan a book to promote safe driving among teens, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Justin Matthews, Imagine School at North Port principal, regarding his proposal to drug test all students.