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Florida education news: Magnet schools, impact fees, $10,000 degrees and more



FOLLOW THE RULES: Hernando officials plan to get serious about requiring magnet school students to follow the rules that go along with their acceptance.

GLOWING PRAISE: Pinellas School Board members rave about superintendent Mike Grego's performance.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Hands-on forensics program aims to get Northeast High students back on track • Plato Academy students connect to Greece with Skype • Area JROTC cadets compete on the field, in the gym and in classrooms • Middleton High builds a robotics dynasty • State association for the blind honors a Pasco student and teacher

CONSTRUCTION FEES: A new report says Hernando schools could justify reimposing an impact fee 64 percent higher than before.

SLOW START: Gov. Rick Scott's challenge for Florida colleges to create $10,000 degree programs lags in south Florida, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

HIRING FREEZE: The Miami-Dade school district stops hiring because the federal shutdown hinders its ability to check applicants' employment eligibility, the Miami Herald reports.

SAFE RIDES: An Okaloosa mom wants the school district to add cameras on all school buses, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

GRADING: The Lee school district deemphasizes standardized test scores in calculating elementary student grades, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

REFOCUS: Lake school officials prepare to reset spending priorities to better educate students, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

LABOR NEWS: Alachua teachers aim to have a completed contract by early November, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Saturday, October 12, 2013 7:41am]


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