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It's an all-day affair starting at 10 a.m. for the House Schools and Learning Council, with a focus on the myriad funding requests vying for attention once the legislative session begins in less than a month. Some ideas on tap: A representative from Hillsborough County schools will be asking for more flexibility in the way school districts can spend money for online education through Florida Virtual School. The goal is to help high-achieving kids who want to take an academic course on the Internet so they can take an extra elective at school, too. Another, with some roots in Pasco County, is to create a Florida version of the Duke Talent Identification Program to nurture gifted students. "The way the current system is set up, it's focusing on the bottom 25 percent," says Rep. John Legg, R-New Port Richey. "The top 25 percent is getting bored in the classroom." The council is to meet until 4 p.m., breaking at noon for lunch.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:14am]


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