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.