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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

It's not just Florida



For those of you looking for patterns in politics, here are three education-related stories that don't come from Florida, but they easily could. For the most part, with a few differences, they already have.

In Idaho, the state Board of Education seeks to require high school students to take virtual courses to graduate. The board is going with two courses, while the state superintendent wanted eight. Idaho also is looking at teacher merit pay, limited teacher bargaining rights, and increased school technology. (Idaho American-Statesman)

In Iowa, top education officials including an adviser to the Republican governor seek to test students more, and to tie those test results to teacher pay. (Sioux City Journal)

In Texas, state lawmakers stick with Pearson Education and its big contracts for a variety of school services despite concerns that so much tax money is going to private business. (Texas Observer)

Who says there's not a grand plan out there?

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 9:40am]


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