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A Mac district in a PC world



As if just getting enough student stations for computerized FCAT testing weren't enough.

Pasco school district officials learned this week that they face yet another technical glitch in their effort to ready their high schools for the spring testing administration. Students with special needs will be offered an alternate assessment that will be offered on Windows-based software only.

"We are an Apple district," superintendent Heather Fiorentino told lawmakers this week. "The software doesn't work on my Apples." 

Fiorentino was talking to a Senate committee about merit pay and teacher contract issues. She used this example to illustrate how anything the state mandates comes with financial strings, and urged lawmakers to take that into consideration as they move ahead with ideas such as a new salary structure.

"There are a lot of concerns as we are moving," Fiorentino said.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 3:52pm]


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