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Florida education news: Grade changes, volunteer hours, test scores and more



IN THE DETAILS: An investigation report offers insight into a grade changing controversy involving Hernando School Board member John Sweeney.

TENSIONS MOUNT: The Pasco school district reprimands teacher union president Kenny Blankenship over accusations of political speech at employee training.

VOLUNTEER HOURS: Some Pasco teens gain credit toward Bright Futures scholarships while also learning about career opportunities by volunteering at a local hospital.

EXPERIENCE MATTERS: A new report shows Miami-Dade's lowest performing schools have the least experienced teachers, State Impact Florida reports. District officials say they're aware of the issue and working to resolve it, the Miami Herald reports.

TEST SCORES: Florida's 2014 ACT results are among the worst in the nation, the Sunshine State News reports.

AT RISK: The Duval school district considers closing a brand new charter school because of low enrollment and missing teacher background checks, the Florida Times-Union reports.

ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Some Broward parents discuss ways to better educate black males, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TARGETED: A school choice advocacy PAC pours money into the campaign against a Volusia School Board member (and incoming FSBA president), the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

OPTING OUT: Support grows for Lee schools to opt out of state testing, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:18am]


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