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Florida education news: FCAT scores, student rights, misused funds and more

BIGGER PICTURE: A closer look at Pinellas elementary schools' overall static FCAT scores shows wide variation among individual campuses. The district has no time to waste in helping the schools that have languished at the bottom of the results for years, the Times editorializes.

WRITING LESSONS: Kindergartners at Hernando's Challenger K-8 show off what they've learned after a year learning to write.

STUDENT RIGHTS: Some Duval schools face an investigation into allegations that they violated the rights of students with disabilities, the Florida Times-Union reports.

AUDIT: A new audit of Manatee schools reveals misused funds, the Bradenton Herald reports.

WOWED: A Broward student impresses President Obama with his sandless sandbags science project, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

JOB LOSSES: About 300 support jobs could be eliminated in Duval's latest budget plan, the Florida Times-Union reports.

STICK AROUND: A Marion high school senior wins a new car for perfect attendance, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

ARRESTED: A former Polk charter school teacher is arrested on accusations of sending inappropriate text messages to a fifth grader, the Ledger reports. • The treasurer of a Volusia middle school PTA is arrested on accusations of stealing more than $20,000 from the group, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

CREDIT CRUNCH: An Orange County senior isn't allowed to graduate after school officials determine just days before the event that she's a half-credit shy in math, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

LOW MARKS: Oft-celebrated New College gets poor ratings in Florida's performance funding model, the Herald-Tribune reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 29, 2014 6:04am]


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