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Gender_3 NOT FOR EVERYONE: Belcher Elementary hoped to learn if single-gender classrooms would make a difference in the way kids learn. One thing they've found is that not all kids benefit, despite what the research says. For past stories on this topic, click here and here.

MUSICAL CHAIRS: Florida A&M's new interim president is the former provost. The incoming president was provost before that. The current provost, well, she's quitting. Five trustees have  left in the past two months. Most companies would call this instability. At FAMU, it's situation normal.

THOSE ROWDY PARENTS: The Hernando School Board is considering whether to hire a cop to patrol its meetings, just in case.

SCHOOL'S OUT FOREVER: The Richard Milburn Academy Class of 2007 celebrates its graduation, and the charter school closes its doors for good. It opted not to seek a contract renewal in Pasco County.

AWARDING ACHIEVEMENT: About 30 years ago, a group calling itself Citizens Concerned for Students was fed up with low scores and low morale among Pasco County's black children. It started an annual awards program for high achievers. This year, it honors a record number.

OPEN YOUR WALLET: Thought you would get tax relief from this year's Legislature? Well, think again. Lawmakers actually approved an increase in local property taxes for schools by raising the required local tax effort by $546-million statewide, the Sun-Sentinel reports. You'll get the bill in the fall.

FROM THE OP-ED PAGES: Pre-k works. So make it better, the Palm Beach Post says.

REMEMBER CHARLIE REED? He's hard at work in California now, making sure more students arrive at the California State University system ready for college work. The Dallas Morning News suggests it's a model program worth replicating.

JUST SAY NO, OR WE'LL FIND OUT: More and more schools are randomly testing kids for drugs, saying the program deters drug use. It's common in Florida, which also just adopted a bill requiring steroid testing for athletes in high school football, weightlifting and baseball. But opponents say the testing is not reliable and does not deal effectively with students who have positive results, the LA Times reports.

(Times photo by Carrie Pratt, click to enlarge)

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


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