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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Today's education news: Home schooling, block scheduling, courtesy busing and more



Dollars WE NEED MONEY: Florida lawmakers consider a variety of new fees and taxes to support public education and other services. • They also look at more ways to make students pay, including tuition increases, lost book fines and more, the Florida Times-Union reports.

ROUND AND ROUND THEY GO: Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander shuffles administrators for the second time in two years.

FEWER FREE RIDES? Pasco examines its courtesy bus routes to determine which, if any, it can cut. • Lake considers eliminating courtesy rides, too, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Florida representative backs Armwood High students' teacher misconduct proposalBrandon High students build and race electronic car to victoryAspiring game designers should check out Middleton High

GETTING CLOSER TO A BUDGET: The Florida House and Senate agree on the bottom line for public education funding, but differ on some of the details, the AP reports.

HELPING HOME SCHOOLERS: Circle Christian School in Winter Springs has become one of the nation's leading accredited home school support organizations, the Seminole Chronicle reports.

MAKE EDUCATION A PRIORITY: The Chiles Foundation kicks off a campaign to urge Floridians to put children's education and health care at the top of the state's agenda, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

FCAT CHANGES: The state won't offer summer FCAT retakes this year, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SCHEDULE CHANGES: Flagler drops block scheduling in favor of a seven-period day, hoping to save money with the move, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

COME ON IN: Unlike some other state colleges, Brevard Community College vows not to shut its doors to students even as its enrollment surges, Florida Today reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:19am]


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