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CRUNCH TIME: Advanced Placement tests are coming up, and students at Hernando High are getting down to business with extra study sessions before and after school. What makes this a big deal is that Hernando High never offered AP before this year, and it's targeting not the brainiacs but the at-risk kids.

REVAMP THE LAB: Hire some scientists, too, while you're at it. With FCAT focusing on science as well as reading and math, now, school districts across northeast Florida are turning their attention to improving their science offerings, the Florida Times-Union reports.

And get ready to start using the last initials for Isabella and Joshua when calling roll, teachers, as those were the top names chosen for Florida babies born in 2006, the Miami Herald reports. To see the Top 100 list, click here.

ENERGIZER TEACHER: At 88, Rose Gilbert of the Los Angeles Unified school district just keeps going and going. She's one of the oldest full-time teachers in the country, reports the LA Times. "You either live living or you live dying, and I'm not going to die," she says.

FORGET SINGLE-GENDER CLASSROOMS: How about single-gender schools? The Dallas school district tried it for girls with Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School, and has been repaid with high test scores and girls with passion and drive, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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


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