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Florida education news: Grade-point averages, textbooks, class size and more



GRADE POINTS: Pinellas students will get a little less credit for their honors-level courses.

FEE FIGHT? Pasco school district leaders contemplate whether to challenge Dade City's new stormwater utility fee.

TRANSPORTATION WOES: The Hillsborough School Board seeks answers to transportation department worker complaints.

OVER THE FENCE: Pasco officials accuse teachers union leader Kenny Blankenship of violating contract terms for visiting schools, which Blankenship denies.

REALIGNMENT: The Brevard school district prepares to spend about $5 million on new textbooks that should be connected to the state's new standards, Florida Today reports.

CLASS SIZE: The Lee School Board agrees to violate the state class size law for third- through fifth-grade classrooms to put off construction projects, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

WHY VAM? Florida leaders implemented value-added data to teacher evaluations to get away from fully subjective performance reviews, the Florida Times-Union reports.

JAIL TIME: The leader of a central Florida trade school gets four years in prison for his role in tampering with student records to inappropriately access millions in federal funds, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

MAKE-UP WORK: Florida colleges navigate new laws that let students decide on their own whether they need remedial courses, the Wall Street Journal reports.

EXPANSION: Broward College and Florida International University join forces to create a new west Broward campus, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SCHOOL BUS CAMERAS: The Okaloosa school district gets donations to boost efforts to put cameras in buses, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

SUMMER LEARNING: The Polk school district plans a new summer school program aimed at helping struggling students, the Ledger reports.

GETTING UP TO SPEED: The Manatee school district needs about eight months to create an updated technology plan, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TAXES: The Volusia School Board sets a date for a sales tax referendum in support of school construction needs, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

COME TOGETHER: School and community leaders join forces to support one of Escambia County's lowest performing schools, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

CRISIS MANAGEMENT: Manatee schools work on improved plans to deal with emergencies, the Herald-Tribune reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 6:13am]


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