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Florida education news: Common Core, principal shifts, budget cuts and more

NOT CONVINCED: Several Hillsborough School Board members raise concerns about the Common Core.

MUSICAL CHAIRS: Pinellas superintendent Mike Grego shuffles principals to give new leadership to struggling schools in turnaround mode. • Marion schools see a "landslide of principal moves," the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

BUDGET CUTS: The Pasco School Board cuts $4.8 million in spending by eliminating literacy coaches and media and technology specialists, and begins looking for more places to slash. • Polk dismisses its top finance official, the Ledger reports. • Flagler officials discuss where to cut if voters don't approve an additional tax for schools next month, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SUPERINTENDENT NEWS: Hernando's pick for new superintendent remains in negotiations to get a contract with the divided School Board. • St. Lucie looks for a new superintendent with a strong leadership background, the St. Lucie Tribune reports. • Lee superintendent Joseph Burke plans to retire in June because of health issues, the Naples Daily News reports.

NEW DIRECTION: Manatee's Rowlett Elementary School staff and parents explore converting to charter status to protect its academic programs from cuts, the Bradenton Herald reports.

NO THANKS: The Palm Beach school district is sued after it removes signs advertising the "Happy/Fun Math Tutor" because the tutor is also Dave Pounder the "Happy/Fun Porn Guy," the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TOP TEACHER: A Duval teacher who once dropped out of school becomes one of five Florida teacher of the year finalists, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SAFETY FIRST: North Florida school district officials continue to look for ways to make their schools more secure, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. • Lee leaders look for resource officers in every elementary school, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

DISCONNECTED: Some Leon schools suffer an internet outage, forcing the delay of some virtual courses and online testing, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 6:34am]


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