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Florida education news: School prayer, Head Start, 'federal overreach' and more



DILEMMA: Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning struggles with attacks on his faith after he issues a memo reminding district employees not to lead prayer with students. • Browning was right, and House Speaker Will Weatherford is wrong to try to change the law to let public school workers lead prayer at school, the Times editorializes.

NO HEAD START: More than 200 Hernando preschoolers are left in the cold as the federal shut down closes their Head Start program. Same in Volusia County, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Tricia Simonsen becomes the new principal at Valrico Elementary.

ON TESTING: Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart backs Gov. Rick Scott's effort to avoid "federal overreach" into Florida education, WFTV reports.

TEACHER NO MORE: A Manatee culinary arts teacher accused of bullying students surrenders his certificate, the Herald-Tribune reports.

ANGRY: Veteran Broward teachers rally against a pay raise proposal that gives them less than everyone else, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SCHOOLYARD FIGHTS: Students and parents say fights at Kathleen High in Polk have increased, while the administration denies it, the Ledger reports.

CHARTER ENROLLMENT: Miami-Dade charter schools exceed 50,000 students, while the rest of the district population declines, the Miami Herald reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 3, 2013 6:00am]


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