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Students will soon face a new decision as they enter Florida high schools: choosing a major.
December 20, 2006 – Education Week
The Miami-Dade County, Fla., school board last week approved a teachers’ contract that will raise starting salaries to $40,000 in the final year of the three-year agreement.
December 13, 2006 – Education Week
Teachers in Miami-Dade County, Fla., would get immediate raises of between 2 percent and 6 percent, and starting teachers would take home nearly $2,000 more in the first year, under a tentative agreement reached between the local union and the school district.
November 29, 2006 – Education Week
The Department of Education last week added three more states to a pilot program that evaluates schools under the federal No Child Left Behind Act based in part on the growth individual students make over time.
November 15, 2006 – Education Week
Voters in Wake County, N.C., approved one of the largest school construction bonds on local ballots last week, giving the green light to build schools that will house an exploding student population.
November 9, 2006 – Education Week
The Florida lawmaker who led his state’s House education committee has resigned his legislative seat in the wake of allegations that he used a racial slur to describe Miami-Dade County’s black school superintendent and then threatened a fellow lawmaker who filed a complaint against him.
November 8, 2006 – Education Week
Picked up by immigration authorities, undocumented children who are apprehended without their parents are sent to shelters throughout the United States and educated while they wait out deportation proceedings. At one such shelter in Miami, new students appear almost as rapidly as others leave.
November 8, 2006 – Education Week
Officials in Pembroke Pines, Fla., are contemplating an effort to convert 13 Broward County public schools into charters run by the city.
November 1, 2006 – Education Week
The Florida Department of Education approved its first local performance-pay plan last week under a new $147.5 million statewide program to award bonuses to teachers whose students show achievement gains.
October 25, 2006 – Education Week
Florida has announced three plans this year to tie teacher bonuses to improvement in students’ test scores. And all three times the plans have been challenged by the state teachers’ union.
October 4, 2006 – Education Week

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