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Images SELF-INFLICTED WOUND: FCAT critics pounce on the Florida Department of Education's admission that the 2006 reading test for third-graders was too easy and the results skewed. Department leaders pledged to repair the problem, but as Senate Education chairman Don Gaetz put it, "This is a shot below the water line,  and it's self-inflicted."

FCAT RESULTS: Want more on yesterday's release of FCAT scores? Here are the reports from Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties. To read how the story unfolded yesterday, complete with links to web sites, tables and other documents, click here.

LOAN COMPANY RAIDED: Agents from the US Office of Inspector General, Department of Education and FBI launch an investigation into Student Funding Services in Largo. They offer no explanation as they remove boxes of documents from the business.

FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH:
A university security task force recommends a set of actions that go well beyond cops and communication systems in order to protect campuses from future violence, the AP reports.

FROM THE OP-ED PAGES:
Replace Akshay Desai on the state Board of Education, the Times editorial board says. His appointment fails even a "weak smell test."

Her_moreheds_2 THE WORLD, ONE PIECE AT A TIME:
Sixth-graders at West Hernando Middle School combine geography, art and gardening into a yearlong lesson that culminated in a mosaic world map in the school's courtyard garden. They even got to smash things. (Times photo, Keri Wiginton)

HURRICANE MEMO SPARKS STORM:
Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino wanted to make sure all school employees knew, before they left for summer break, that they could be called back if the district needs to work emergency evacuation shelters. The United School Employees of Pasco didn't take the news well.

STILL NO. 1: Principals don't like the student battle to get the top GPA. But the Palm Beach School Board lets the valedictorian title live to see another year, so members can get some student input on whether to kill the honor, the Palm Beach Post reports.

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

    

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