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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: FCAT, graduation, summer slide and more

FCAT MARKS: Education commissioner Tony Bennett focuses on improving writing scores, while downplaying flat third grade reading and math results. More from the Sun-Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald, Tallahassee Democrat.

GRADUATIONS: An ailing Dixie Hollins High senior gets the medical all-clear to attend her commencement. • About 5 percent of Pasco seniors seek the stability of the military after high school. • The Hernando School Board eliminates valedictorian and salutatorian honors for future graduating classes.

BLAME ALL AROUND: No one was the hero in a recent drama over River Ridge High School's prom, columnist C.T. Bowen writes.

MOVING ON: The closure of the nuclear power plant in Crystal River forces some Citrus teachers to leave the district, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

DON'T STOP: Moms and dads need to keep their kids from experiencing the summer slide as school ends, Florida Today reports. More from the Ocala Star-Banner.

RECRUITING: Florida's newest university begins looking for students, the Ledger reports.

TENNIS TIME: A Volusia elementary school is the first in Florida to get small-sized tennis courts for student use, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

OPEN MEETINGS: A Lee resident accuses the School Board of meeting outside the Sunshine to discuss the district's superintendent search, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

CHECKMATE: Lots of little kids in Alachua elementary schools strategize over chess, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Saturday, May 25, 2013 7:17am]


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