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Florida education news: USF retirement, testing experts, arts education and more

sullivan_228224a.jpegSTEPPING DOWN: The president of USF-St. Petersburg announces her resignation after 3-1/2 years on the job. (Times file photo)

BACK OFF: The Manatee School Board joins the ranks of districts adopting a resolution calling for the scaling back of reliance on the FCAT exam, the Herald-Tribune reports.

EXPERTS: The role of psychometrician increases in importance, as testing becomes more central and expensive in Florida's education system, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

MUSIC TO THEIR EARS: A Manatee middle school gets to keep an orchestra class it has expected to eliminate, the Bradenton Herald reports.

DON'T DO IT: South Florida college students lobby against a planned increase in federal student loan rates, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

MUCH LESS: Edison State College's new president will get a salary about one-third that of the school's previous leader, the Naples Daily News reports.

DOWNSIZING: Florida Gulf Coast University ponders its first-ever layoffs if it cannot raise tuition as much as trustees proposed, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

BRAIN DRAIN: FSU president Eric Barron says continued higher education budget cuts are causing his faculty to look out-of-state for jobs, the AP reports.

SPEAK OUT: Fifteen Broward high schools will add debate and forensics clubs as a way to enhance students' communications ability, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Palm Beach Classroom Teachers Association gets a new leader, the Palm Beach Post reports.

WHERE'S THE BUS? The Palm Beach school district considers putting GPS tracking service on all school buses, the Palm Beach Post reports.

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