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State education reporter Ron Matus reports Florida’s new education commissioner will bear Gov. Charlie Crist’s imprint. Crist, once commissioner himself, already has signaled he will not blindly follow his predecessor Jeb Bush’s path, signaling his willingness to change the school grading system and removing one of Bush’s key supporters on the State Board of Education. He plans to tell us more soon.

Is Florida losing its luster as a place to live and do business? The statistics, including a slowing growth in school enrollment, seem to say yes. Here’s what reporters Donna Winchester and Ivan Penn learned.

A wary Pasco County School Board denied national charter school company Imagine Schools the opportunity to operate in its district. The company isn’t going down lightly. Read about their dispute.

Hernando County’s annual school science fair has become a family affair. Read all about it.

School boundary changes are far from over in northern Hillsborough County. Thousands could be affected by new zones for a new elementary and middle school.

If reading and math weren’t enough, Florida high schoolers now will have to pass the 10th grade FCAT writing test to earn a diploma, the Miami Herald reports. Ever seen the test? Here’s a sample from the Department of Education.

Ever think there are just too many people who complain about No Child Left Behind and other school accountability efforts, but do nothing? Well, file count the Fairfax County (Va) School Board among those that thinks talk is cheap. The Washington Post reported that the Board defied the US Department of Education on Thursday by refusing to test students with limited English as the NCLB requires. Any other takers?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:13am]

    

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