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Florida education news: Reading lessons, college admission, class size and more



READING TOGETHER: Kindergartners and struggling eighth graders improve their reading skills together at Crews Lake K-8 in Pasco County.

LABOR NEWS: The Pinellas School Board approves raises for employees. • Polk non-instructional employees get raises, the Ledger reports.

ANOTHER YEAR: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia wins a contract extension amid some dissent from her School Board.

REMOVED: A Hernando teacher is pulled from her classroom after being arrested on accusations she had sex with a minor boy not her student. • A Pinellas bus driver loses her job over an incident where she hit a student with her bus and then waited to report it.

COMPROMISE: The Pinellas School Board allows Jamerson Elementary students another year of priority placement into Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle.

GUARANTEED: The University of Central Florida offers guaranteed admission to students with top transcripts even if they have mediocre test results, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

COMMON GROUND: Florida DOE leaders tell lawmakers they're on their way to completing a standardized contract for charter school operators, the Florida Current reports.

COME ON IN: Florida colleges revise their admission rules to recommend but not require remedial course work for struggling students, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

MORE MONEY: The Manatee school district applies for a district-level Race to the Top grant, the Bradenton Herald reports.

POLITICAL DEBATE: A Brevard School Board candidate accuses a current board member of misusing 911 by calling for help during a Common Core forum, Florida Today reports.

CLASS SIZE: Three north Florida school districts take very different approaches to the state's class size requirements, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

QUESTIONABLE CREDENTIALS: Some Walton parents complain about the hiring of a teacher with a criminal background, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

EDUCATION FOR ALL: The Polk School Board agrees to improve education programs for jailed juveniles, the Ledger reports.

INEQUALITY: A committee finds Broward school experiences separated by economics, the Miami Herald reports.

SPECIAL NEEDS: One in ten Miami-Dade students have disabilities or special education needs, the Miami Herald reports.

GROWING FAST: A Flagler school aimed at meeting students alternative learning styles sees its population boom, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

NATIONAL SEARCH: The Alachua School Board begins discussing plans to hire a new superintendent, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6:12am]


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