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Florida education news: Achievement gap, testing, computer coding and more

Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 6:24am

ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Hillsborough schools continue to see a gap in the academic performance between minority and white male students.

SCHOOL BOARD RACES: The Times recommends Michelle Popp Shimberg, Melissa Snively and April Griffin for Hillsborough School Board.

TESTING: Florida students shine on Advanced Placement exams but lag on the SAT college preparedness test, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • The Brevard School Board discusses options to lobby lawmakers to scale back state testing, Florida Today reports.

PROGRAMMING: A growing number of Florida educators say computer coding should be a required course, NBC Miami reports.

STANDARDS: Lake County teachers complain that the transition to new Florida standards requires too much additional work, News 13 reports.

INCENTIVES: A Manatee private organization pays students cash for strong FCAT results, the Bradenton Herald reports.

CONTRACTING: An audit finds errors in data used to review whether the Miami-Dade district fairly issues contracts, the Miami Herald reports.

NEXT PRESIDENT: The University of Florida aims to select a new leader next week, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

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