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LOOKING FOR NEWFOUND GLORY: Gibbs High in St. Petersburg has fallen on hard times. Its alumni wonder if, or how, it can recapture some of its past spirit.

ENERGIZER TEACHER: She's 100 years old (on Tuesday) and has been teaching for 83 years. Meet Virginia Lewis, who is still living her childhood dream of being a teacher.

SCHOOL CHOICE, PINELLAS: Even though many schools will have waiting lists, Pinellas district officials worry that the process is too complex, noting applications dropped off from a year ago. They also fret over low numbers applying for area magnets. Parents, meanwhile, await the Feb. 22 announcement of whether their children got in.

SCHOOL CHOICE, PASCO: When parents raise concerns about being reassigned to a different school, Pasco district officials tell them to apply for choice. The district does what it can to meet desires. But it's not so simple as just applying: Some schools have no room.

FIXING NCLB: Children with learning disabilities, and those who don't speak English as their primary language, often have difficulty on the state tests that determine whether their schools have made adequate yearly progress. Their results often swing a school's success or failure. As they rewrite the No Child Left Behind law, lawmakers seek to create a more sensible process without leaving some children behind, the Associated Press reports.

TEACHERS' TEXAS BRETHREN: Florida teachers think they hate the idea of performance pay. Well, check out how Houston, Texas, teachers are reacting to the plan - especially after the Houston Chronicle published a list of who got what.

SO THEY'RE CHANGING ITS NAME: Big deal. State lawmakers and education officials still aren't doing much to change the underlying problems with FCAT, writes Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen, who offers a few choice names of his own for the test. "I vote for FFFT, which is the sound of millions of tax dollars disappearing down another black hole," he writes.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:14am]


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