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Florida education news: Tuition, testing, high school graduation and more



DREAM ACT? The Florida House approves a bill giving in-state tuition to the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants, a move Democrats call an "empty gesture" because it's already allowed by a federal court ruling.

ONLINE TESTING: Computerized state testing expands in Florida schools, straining their ability to balance assessment with instruction.

FLEXIBILITY: Florida lawmakers approve broad changes to the state's high school graduation requirements, giving students more options in their paths to a diploma. More from the Sun-Sentinel. The bill also calls for an online university within an existing university, State Impact Florida reports.

OVERHAULS: Pinellas officials consider revamping the curriculum at 11 low-performing schools.

SENIOR PROJECTS: Pasco high schools prepare to suspend senior research projects, suggesting the Common Core could make them irrelevant.

TAKING ACTION: Florida lawmakers' move to overhaul high school sports governance could radically change the athletics system nationally, Forbes reports.

SAFETY: Manatee plans to add security to all schools after shots are fired on a middle school campus, the Bradenton Herald reports.

BUDGET FIXES: Manatee's new superintendent releases his plan to repair and monitor the district's troubled finance system, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.

HAND SLAPS: Florida Atlantic University decides against formal discipline for students accused of misconduct during a protest over stadium naming, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SHARING: Marion schools implement a new sick leave policy allowing employees to share their days with one another, the Ocala Star Banner reports.

GET LOST: Edison State College dumps eight administrators after winning reaccreditation, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

[Last modified: Saturday, April 13, 2013 6:43am]


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