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Florida education news: Turnaround teachers, Common Core, race-based goals and more



GETTING TO KNOW YOU: The new faculty at Melrose Elementary tours the low-income neighborhood they will serve.

ON THE INSIDE: State Sen. Kelli Stargel, a frequent critic of the FHSAA, wins appointment to the group's advisory board.

CURRICULUM CHANGES: Hendry County schools prepare for a curriculum tied to the Common Core, the Clewiston News reports. • Polk teachers get Common Core training before school starts, the Ledger reports.

CONNECTIONS: The American Federation of Teachers seeks public records connecting former Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett to former governor Jeb Bush and ALEC, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

RACE-BASED GOALS: Hear a discussion on the complaint filed against the Florida Department of Education over academic targets set by student race from NPR.

EXTRA HOUR: Five Manatee elementary schools will add an hour of reading instruction daily because of their poor FCAT performance, the Bradenton Herald reports.

STILL TRYING: A Marion School Board member makes another proposal to shift spending in order to hire full-time teachers for every classroom, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

EARLY RELEASE: Polk teachers will have fewer but longer early release days for planning after finding the shorter ones ineffective, the Ledger reports.

BIG PAYOUT: Frank Brogan will take a $622,000 DROP payment with him to his new job leading Pennsylvania's higher education system, the AP reports.

[Last modified: Friday, August 9, 2013 6:03am]


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