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Florida education news: FCAT, charter schools, walking to school and more

B0s_bee0527y_123621c BIG WINNER: Palm Harbor eighth-grader Aadith Moorthy wins the National Geographic Bee.

MIXED BAG: Third-grade FCAT results in Tampa area school districts show slight improvement.

MAKING MEMORIES: Land O'Lakes High School seniors spend one last afternoon at school together having fun at field day.

SEMPER FI: Military academies attract a growing number of top Hillsborough high school graduates.

HIGH HOPES: Leaders of Brooks-DeBartolo charter school try to convince the Hillsborough School Board that their school will make improvements and doesn't deserve to be closed. • Volusia revokes a local charter school's contract amid the school's leadership problems, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SUBSIDY CUT: The Pasco Hernando Early Learning Coalition considers reducing support for low-income children in after-school programs.

NOT FUNNY: A Freedom High senior and a friend are arrested on charges of vandalizing the school, which they called a senior prank, according to police. • St. Lucie schools add more law enforcement patrols to keep an eye out for vandals, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Clearwater Fundamental tops Raytheon's MatMovesU contestCentral High's NJROTC named best in the nationPuppetry students cheer up children, seniors 

AGREED: Broward's teachers union joins the Race to the Top this time, the Miami Herald reports. • A majority of Florida teachers unions agree to participate in the plan after adjustments were made, the AP reports.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: Charlotte's teachers union endorses one of the two finalists for the district's vacant superintendent's job, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TAX BREAK: Gov. Crist signs into law another year of the school supplies tax holiday, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TAKE A HIKE: A Sarasota elementary school sets up a walking school bus program to help kids stay healthy, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SATISFIED: The Palm Beach School Board gives a "satisfactory" rating to embattled superintendent Art Johnson, the Palm Beach Post reports.

ROOFING ROW: Politics erupt on the Marion School Board over leaky roofs, the Ocala Star Banner reports.

NO MORE FREE RIDE: Many University of Florida students have to find extra money as the days of free schooling end with changes to the Bright Futures scholarship, the Gainesville Sun reports.

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