FCAT WORKS: If parents like their kids' schools, and students' academic results keep rising, then Florida must be doing something right, columnist Dan Dewitt writes.
HIGHER ED NEEDS HELP: Maybe the state should tie university athletic funding to university academic funding, columnist Howard Troxler suggests. Then lawmakers might actually do something to improve the Florida university system. The Times editorial board offers a less sarcastic but equally serious view on the same issue.
RETIREE SEEKS SEAT ON PINELLAS BOARD: Max Loden, a veteran administrator, has filed to run for District 1.
SUE HARCOURT? Some members of the Senate Pre-K-12 Education Committee suggest that the Florida Department of Education "look for satisfaction" from the test maker over the 2006 FCAT problems, the AP reports.
KIDS CARE: About 500 Gulf Coast High students in Collier protest a proposed change to their class schedule, the Naples Daily News reports.
CAMPUS COPS GET BULLETPROOF VESTS: The Palm Beach school district wins a grant to provide new bulletproof vests to its police officers, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
THEY CAN STAY: The St. Lucie teachers recruited from India who faced visa problems have won extensions and can return to their classrooms, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LAKE SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH CONTINUES: The Lake School Board has met with two of six finalists and plans to interview the rest within two weeks, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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