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TEACHER QUITS: A nursing instructor at St. Petersburg College resigns amid allegations that her students had answers to a mandatory exam before taking it, yet she did nothing. More than half passed the test, compared to less than 20 percent on a retake.

ONE SCHOOL TO HELP OTHERS: The only Pasco County school to make adequate yearly progress last year under state and federal standards is offering to provide tutoring to kids at the other ones. Officials say the school can do it at less than one-third the cost of private tutoring firms.

DID YOU ANSWER? If you responded to the Pasco school district's parent satisfaction survey, you're among the few. That's making it difficult for leaders to make concrete plans for the future, though.

White_water_rafting FORMER UF PROF A FELON: The man who once headed UF's governmental relations office has pleaded guilty to misappropriating state funds while working at the university. Among the things he did: using university money to pay off his credit cards and to take a family rafting trip to Colorado. (That picture is NOT him.)

NO MORE SCHOOLS? With population on the decline, Broward school officials are wondering whether they really need to spend millions on more new buildings, the Sun-Sentinel reports. It won't be long before other districts have the same debate.

WE DON'T NEED IT: FSU president T.K. Wetherell says he won't push to raise tuition if that prompts Gov. Crist to sign a bill that would allow increases in the future, the Palm Beach Post reports.

IS FLORIDA NEXT? Texas lawmakers move to eliminate the state's high school exit exam requirement, just days after learning a record number of seniors won't pass it this year, the Dallas Morning News reports.

ZERO TOLERANCE FOR TEACHERS, TOO: Two Tennessee teachers who decided it would be a good learning experience to freak out their classes with a mock gun attack during a field trip are suspended, the NY Times reports.

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


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