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Florida education news: Education fads, bored kids, motivated parents and more

Disco ball EDUCATION FAD GOES OUT LIKE DISCO: Seminole County puts an end to the open-classroom concept, the Orlando Sentinel reports. (Photo from

IT'S ON ME: A high school principal uses his school district credit card to buy Outback dinners for guidance counselors, chocolate roses for secretaries and a tuxedo rental, the Palm Beach Post reports. More from the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

CONTRACTORS ACCUSED: Auditors say contractors doing hurricane repairs ripped off the Broward school district, the Sun Sentinel reports.

VIRTUAL SCHOOLING: Manatee County gears up for virtual education in K-8, the Bradenton Herald reports. Lee County virtually expands, too.

PROPERTY TAX HIKES: Osceola County is next up to consider a quarter-mil increase.

MOTIVATING PARENTS: A Polk County elementary school is recognized for involving parents with limited English, the Winter Haven News Chief reports.

LESSONS UNDERWATER: FAMU gives teachers lessons in marine science, reports WCTV in Tallahassee.

DOCTORS IN THE PIPELINE: UCF prepares to welcome its first medical school class, reports the News Service of Florida.

LESSONS UNDERWATER, PART II: FAU students take first in an international submarine race, the Miami Herald reports.

WHY DO SCHOOLS BORE KIDS? And how do good teachers motivate them? USA Today interviews the cognitive scientist who authored "Why Don't Students Like School?"

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:27am]


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