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Florida education news: Tony Bennett, school grades, first grade retention and more



UNDER PRESSURE: Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett defends himself against accusations of political manipulation of school grades in Indiana, while speculation rises about his future in Florida. The stories about Bennett's actions in Indiana lead to questions about his credibility, the Times editorializes. More from the Associated Press, Orlando Sentinel, Education Week

SPARKS FLY: Hillsborough School Board members confront their superintendent and lawyer over comments made at a recent board meeting.

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: School grades bring surprises and more work to several Pasco schools. • Polk's superintendent says she will focus on data rather than grades as she aims to turn around six struggling schools, the Ledger reports. • Bay superintendent Bill Husfelt says he's lost faith in the state grading system, the Panama City News Herald reports.

EXTRA MONEY: Hernando officials reconsider whether to keep charging students activity fees, which are poorly collected.

BUDGET NEWS: Public hearings take place in Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando.

ARRESTED: PolitiFact investigates a claim that Florida led the nation in school-related arrests and finds it "half true."

NOT GOOD ENOUGH? The American Bar Association raises questions about the quality of FAMU's law school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

CHEATERS: The Miami-Dade school district joins other governments in trying to root out homestead exemption fraud, the Miami Herald reports.

MISSED IT: A Seminole fourth grader carried a gun to school two days before anyone caught it despite student tips, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TRY AGAIN: The Escambia school district will retain 9 percent of first graders because they lacked reading proficiency, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

TOO BIG: St. Johns officials worry that the district cannot afford to keep up with enrollment growth, the St. Augustine Record reports.

SETTLED: The Leon district settles a lawsuit with a teacher who claimed discrimination after losing her job, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 6:24am]


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