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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Today's news

NO UTOPIA: University campuses are really small cities, and keeping them safe requires more cops, more counselors and perhaps uniform security standards to protect against a Virginia Tech-type massacre, leaders say during the first Florida task force meeting on college safety.

Money2 LOOKING INTO LOANS: Florida joins the national probe into college lending practices, with the Attorney General's economic crimes unit taking the lead. The AG will look into gifts, free travel and other incentives offered, in addition to  agreements between lenders and  alumni groups. Florida A&M already has taken steps to change its lending practices, the Nation reports.

TURNING IT AROUND: Hernando County honors its students who have changed their lives, and their school performance, for the better in sometimes miraculous ways.

IT'S NOT EASY: As retirement claims more and more school administrators, districts find it tough to find quality replacements. Many just aren't willing to shoulder the burden of being held responsible for failures outside their control, like lack of resources or inadequate parental involvement, School Match president William Bainbridge writes in the Florida Times-Union.

ALL ABOUT ABSTINENCE: St. Lucie activists who have vocally opposed the county's sex-ed curriculum at the School Board appear to get involved at the school level, and administrators are not happy, the Palm Beach Post reports. "Shame on them for trying to use children to promote their own point of view," the superintendent says.

READING FOR A SONG: A University of South Florida professor discovers that struggling students can learn to read better with music, boosting the future of Tune Into Reading, a private educational software program. Now the system is in 75 Florida schools and growing, Medill News of Northwestern University reports.

LIMBO LAND: Colleges and universities have longer than usual waiting lists this year, leaving open the small hope that kids still might get into their top choice if enough others go somewhere else, the LA Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:17am]


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