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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Today's news

Elia COMMISSIONER ELIA? She's led Hillsborough County schools for just two years. That hasn't stopped supporters from urging MaryEllen Elia to consider leading Florida's education system. Elia says she's looking at the options, but has much work ahead in the state's third-largest school district.

ONE MORE POINT: Pasco County has just one D-rated elementary school. Cox Elementary missed a C by a single point. District and school officials are going to try to find it.

GIVE IT BACK: The state wants Hernando County schools to return $224,015 where auditors say the district cannot justify the expense. It's not just a Hernando problem, as the Orlando Sentinel reports.

NO GAS, JUST SUN: A team of South Plantation High students in Broward County build a solar-powered car that will compete in a national cross-country race later this month, the Sun-Sentinel reports. It goes about 20 mph when the sun is out.

GRAD RATES: For years, Florida education officials have said the state's high school grad rates look low because other states don't calculate the rate right. Other states are now agreeing, the Washington Post reports.

MERIT PAY: Lawmakers like it. Teachers, not so much, the AP reports from the National Education Association annual convention.

Note: An apology here. This news report was prepared before 6 a.m. But the computer ate it. So here it is, better late than never. Have a great day.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:19am]


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