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Florida education news: Legislation, evaluations, testing and more

BUNCH OF BILLS: The Florida Legislature takes big steps on major education legislation. • Lawmakers should not force school districts to oversee textbook adoption, the Panama City News Herald editorializes. • Some major decisions await when the House and Senate return from their weeklong break, the Herald-Tribune reports.

COMMON SENSE: Pinellas schools seem to have found a more fair way to evaluate teacher performance than using VAM, the Times editorializes.

TESTING TIME: Some Tampa area families complain that FCAT testing overlaps with religious holidays. • Students prepare to take the FCAT one last time before the state replaces it, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

COME TO FLORIDA: The Pasco school district resumes out-of-state teacher recruiting after a five-year absence.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Hernando district officials explore shutting down some under-enrolled schools.

THE BIG DANCE: Cocoa High in Brevard tries to keep prom costs down so more students can afford to attend, Florida Today reports.

TEACHING TECHNOLOGY: A Boynton Beach middle school creates one of Florida's first "blended learning virtual" classrooms, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

CAREERS: Alachua converts a former last-chance school to a professional magnet academy with strong initial results, the Gainesville Sun reports.