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Florida education news: Smart phones, choices, school grades and more



BYOD: Hillsborough schools move closer to allowing students to bring their own smart phones and tablets to campus for academic uses.

CHOICES: Pinellas specialty schools see an increase in student applications. • The application period opens for Hillsborough elementary school choice.

NOW OPEN: Pasco-Hernando Community College holds its first classes at its new Porter Campus in Wesley Chapel.

ROSTER RULES: A Sunlake High dad is upset over his son's treatment at a soccer game at Pasco High.

MONEY WOES: Manatee School Board members discuss how to fix financial problems after criticism by state lawmakers, the Bradenton Herald reports.

SCHOOL GRADES: The Jacksonville Public Education Fund calls upon the state to revamp school report cards, the Florida Times-Union reports.

REMEDIAL WORK: Florida State College at Jacksonville unveils a new plan to help prepare students who aren't ready for college academics, the Florida Times-Union reports.

COMMON CORE: Some Manatee educators criticize pieces of the Common Core during a state public hearing, the Bradenton Herald reports. • State Impact Florida looks into who owns the Common Core standards.

CLASS SIZE: Broward officials say the district's $200,000 fine for class size violations is a big improvement over past years, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

EXTRA CASH: Marion voters will get to decide whether to raise local taxes to support school arts programs and hire teachers, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

LABOR NEWS: Miami-Dade officials prepare to investigate whether a bus driver sick-out was an illegal strike, the Miami Herald reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: A classroom panic button didn't work as a Monroe third grader grew violent in his class, the Keynoter reports.

ADDED HELP: The Lee School Board approves returning free outside tutoring programs to needy students, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

REINSTATED: An Orange County teacher who made disparaging remarks about a student is returned to his job, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 6:09am]


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