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Florida education news: Texting, leadership, truancy and more



CLOSER LOOK: A student's video prompts the Hillsborough school district to investigate whether a bus driver was texting and driving.

ON THE MOVE: Several Hernando administrative posts change hands.

"HE'S A ROCK STAR": Pasco Sunlake High experiences an attitude adjustment under the leadership of new principal Steve Williams.

CHILDISH: The Hillsborough School Board should constructively evaluate superintendent MaryEllen Elia rather than engage in ego politics, the Times editorializes.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Land O'Lakes high teacher's fantasy book inspires students • Northeast High honors retired educator Lee Benjamin

FUNDING: A report suggests Florida's education funding is on the rise again after years of cuts, the Herald-Tribune reports.

PAY HIKE: University of West Florida president Judy Bense gets a $43,700 pay increase, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. • Florida Gulf Coast University sets aside $205,000 to increase faculty salaries, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Some south Florida school board members are getting raises even as their teachers wait for new contracts, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

GO TO SCHOOL: Manatee officials discuss ways to cut down on truancy, the Bradenton Herald reports.

GET ON THE BUS: The Lake school district slowly reinstates canceled courtesy bus routes, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ONLINE DEGREES: The University of Florida works to create an online baccalaureate program, the Gainesville Sun reports.

LEAVING PARCC: Gov. Rick Scott cannot unilaterally pull Florida out of the PARCC testing consortium, Education Week reports.

[Last modified: Saturday, September 21, 2013 7:25am]


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