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Rewards FORGET PERFORMANCE PAY FOR TEACHERS: How about paying students who make the grade? It works in an Ohio school district. A national organization wants to start giving money awards to teens who score well on AP tests. And at least one key Florida lawmaker likes the idea. The jury is still out, though, on whether the idea is a good one.

WHAT NEXT? The accountability war is over, and accountability won. But the latest uproar over FCAT - there's a backlash in the face of errant third-grade scores from 2006, in case you missed it - has raised some key questions about how the system works, former Florida K-12 chancellor Jim Warford writes in an op-ed piece. The key one: "Where do we go from here?"

TEACHING WASN'T FOR HER: Until she tried it. Thirty-four years later, Gail Diederich is retiring and writes that she wouldn't have wanted to do anything else.

A SCHOLARSHIP IN HIS NAME: The Spring Hill Elementary PTSO honors retiring principal John DiRienzo by creating a fund to help students who pass through the school. DiRienzo, meanwhile, has decided that retirement really means heading a nearby private school.

MORE GRADS: Pasco County celebrated another round of high school graduations over the weekend. To see the stories, click here.

250pxnose_piercing_3 PITCH THE PIERCING: A Martin County teacher fights her school district's mandate that she not wear a diamond stud in her nose. The district is now headed to a full-fledged debate over what "professional appearance" means, the Palm Beach Post reports. Sound familiar, Pasco teachers

MORE THAN THE CORE: High school students need to go beyond the basic courses to succeed in college and beyond, a new report from ACT says. Yet receiving a diploma doesn't take much work, Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews writes, and many adults don't recognize that truth.

TEACHING TEACHERS: Many schools and districts use mentors to coach less experienced teachers. But, as in the case of the Dallas, Texas, school district, the systems can be haphazard. Dallas has revamped its system to put help where it's needed most, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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


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