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Florida education news: School defibrillators, Advanced Placement testing, student uniforms and more

Published Jan. 26, 2012

imgres.jpegTHANKS, TAXPAYERS: Pasco mom Rhonda Smith thanks the School Board and county taxpayers for putting defibrillators in schools, which saved her life.

PAIRING UP: USF and Hillsborough Community College partner to offer bachelor's degree programs at HCC's Ruskin campus.

SCALING BACK: USF Polytechnic's new interim president cuts $1 million in spending by eliminating several programs and positions.

TOP TEACHERS: Twenty-three teachers vie for Hernando County's 2012 teacher of the year.

OPEN MINDS: Kudos to Hillsborough district leaders for standing up for a teacher who had a Muslim leader speak to her class amid heavy "narrow-minded" criticism, the Times editorializes.

STILL IN A HOLE: A key Florida House committee approves putting $1 billion back into public education, the Palm Beach Post reports.

DON'T SHOOT: A "parent trigger" law has the potential to backfire in Florida schools, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes.

ACES ON AP: South Florida high school minority students rank among the leaders nationally in Advanced Placement passing rates, the Miami Herald reports.

HOLD OFF: State College of Florida stops work on its planned library expansion after reviewing the numbers, the Bradenton Herald reports.

STOLEN FUNDS: A Broward mom is accused of ripping off her school's PTA account, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

COLLARS AND KHAKIS: Flagler school district officials begin spelling out the terms of their new student uniform rules, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

TEACHING TECH: Alachua schools craft policies for students who bring personal electronic devices to class, the Gainesville Sun reports.