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Florida education news: Failure factories, computer coding, testing and more



ARE YOU MY TEACHER? Students at five poorly performing Pinellas schools go through a steady stream of less qualified teachers.

IS CODING A LANGUAGE? A Florida lawmaker proposes allowing students to replace their foreign language requirement with computer coding.

WHO'S TESTING? Florida school districts take varied approaches to offering local tests for collecting performance data, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

WHAT NOT TO WEAR: Leon superintendent Jackie Pons orders an investigation into a school that told a boy he couldn't wear a dress, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

NEVERMIND: An Escambia School Board member rescinds her resignation, the Pensacola News Journal reports.

COLLABORATION: Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart says she'll work with superintendents to address their concerns about testing and accountability, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: Finding a new superintendent cost the Palm Beach school district $72,000, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SCRUBBED: A state Department of Education employee is pushed out after authorizing the removal of references to Sea World on the department website, the AP reports.

EAT UP: Manatee schools see a 5 percent increase in students eating free breakfast, the Bradenton Herald reports.

WHAT'S IN A NAME? The advisory council for Orange's Robert E. Lee Middle recommends a name change, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

OPTING OUT? The number of Florida's ungraded state tests rises, the Herald-Tribune reports.

GIFTED PROGRAMS: Broward schools identify a more diverse group of gifted students, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Monday, October 19, 2015 6:48am]


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