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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Florida education news: School grades, student busing, teacher pensions and more



SCHOOL GRADES: Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart prepares to unveil her proposal to simplify Florida's school grading formula. • State Board of Education chairman Gary Chartrand touts the state's accountability system for improving academic results, the Florida Times-Union reports.

TRANSPORTATION TROUBLES: Trainers in Hillsborough's student transportation department describe problems that district officials plan to investigate.

SOLIDARITY: Two Pasco teachers seek to create more networking and professional advocacy opportunities for young educators.

PENSION PLANS: The Florida Education Association joins other state employee groups in opposing a new proposal to scale back pensions, WFSU reports.

TOP STUDENTS: Broward high schools explore ending valedictorian recognitions, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

INCENTIVES: Private donors contribute $40 million to provide extra pay to top teachers who work in Duval's most struggling schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.

EXTENDED DAYS: The Bay school district looks for ways to afford longer school days for elementary students, the Panama City News Herald reports.

TEST SCORES: Florida remains among the national leaders in Advanced Placement participation and success, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SNOW DAYS: Santa Rosa students will have to make up the days they missed for winter weather, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A Brevard charter school wins approval to open after a court appeal, Florida Today reports. • The Lee School Board will sue a shuttered Richard Milburn Academy for nearly $100,000 in unreturned state funds, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

STUDENT PERFORMANCE: Manatee schools plan to add data teams to review and help improve academic outcomes, the Bradenton Herald reports.

HOLIDAYS: The Polk School Board considers adding Veterans Day as a day off again, the Ledger reports.

CHANGING COLLEGE: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio calls for changes in the higher education system, State Impact Florida reports.

CONTRACT TALKS: FAMU trustees' choice for the school's next president makes counteroffers on her proposed car allowance and pay, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 6:14am]


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