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1limbo1 SEAT IN LIMBO: Ashkay Desai's status on the State Board of Education remains uncertain, as senators express concerns about the operations of his insurance company. Desai, of St. Petersburg, says he's disappointed but will keep on working for the board until a final decision emerges.

HOME-SCHOOLERS GRADUATE TOO: Aleisha Miller's first teacher has been her only teacher. And learning from her mom in her Spring Hill home has given her plenty of opportunities - not to mention a graduation without FCAT.

Pasco County Republicans are looking into their options to oust School Board member Cathi Martin, seeing as a recall petition has no legal standing. Some say they'd be happy with a law mandating that board members actually show up for meetings.

P.E. PROBLEM: It's not that elementary P.E. teachers don't like the idea of increasing the amount of time kids spend in their class. It's just that, this new law practically requires them to perform miracles. Consider Shawn Roney, who had just $670 and one assistant to teach 1,000 kids every seventh day. The Palm Beach County teacher wonders how he'll get the 150 minutes per week mandate done, the Palm Beach Post reports.

HERE'S AN INTERESTING DUAL LANGUAGE TWIST: The nation's first Hebrew-English charter school will open in Broward County this coming August, the Florida Jewish News reports. The school won't be teaching Torah, as it's a public school, but kids won't be prevented from organizing a minyan on their own, says the Orthodox rabbi who will serve as principal.

That's what is really needed if universities and colleges are to beef up security in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech massacre, experts tell a state task force on the issue, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CREATIONIST CANDIDATE: The unopposed aspirant to lead the National Association of State Boards of Education is a guy from Kansas who fought against the teaching of evolution in that state's schools, the NY Times reports. Scientists are hoping other states, which each have one vote, will write in someone else.

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


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