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Florida education news: Perfect attendance, online classes, after-school tutoring and more



NEVER MISSED: Four recent Hillsborough County high school graduates tell how they achieved perfect attendance for 13 years.

NEW LEADERSHIP: Lacoochee Elementary School, facing a state-mandated turnaround effort, gets a new principal.

LEAVE THE FEES BE: Gov. Rick Scott urges public university leaders to not raise student fees.

FAKE EVENT ALERT: USF marketers track down the source of an ad promoting a Kim Kardashian speech that wasn't real.

FREE MEALS: Hernando's Crusin' Cafe hits the road to provide free lunches to children over the summer.

NO CHARGE: Florida Virtual School tells parents they won't be charged $425 if their children don't complete their online courses, after a charter school warns that could happen, the AP reports. More from the Fort Myers News-Press.

DEAL: The Broward Teachers Union and the Pembroke Pines charter school system reach an agreement to keep the system public and teachers employed, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

HIGH-TECH: Miami-Dade aims to have a computer, tablet or other device assigned to every student by 2015, the Miami Herald reports.

GOOD AND BAD: A conservative think tank praises Florida's university system for keeping education affordable and high quality, but criticizes rising administrative costs, the Gainesville Sun reports.

NOT QUITE: Florida State College at Jacksonville says a recent report panning its education program was inaccurate and misleading, State Impact Florida reports.

WE CAN DO IT: Alachua schools will pay its own teachers to provide after-school tutoring rather than private companies, the Gainesville Sun reports.

CHANGES AT THE TOP: Manatee adds several new administrators to its district office as part of superintendent Rick Mills' reorganization plan, the Bradenton Herald reports.

SCALED DOWN: Palm Beach School Board members dilute a proposal that would have banned students from participating in extracurricular activities at schools they don't attend, the Palm Beach Post reports.

FUNDING: Polk officials look for ways to maintain a 5 percent reserve account, the Ledger reports. • The Orange school district will ask voters to extend a sales tax for school construction, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

GONE: The principal of a Sarasota charter school resigns amid accusations of staff intimidation, the Herald-Tribune reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 20, 2013 6:20am]


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