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Today's news

Diploma_stad GOOD NEWS FOR FAMU (FINALLY): The troubled school remains the nation's top generator of bachelor's degrees for African-American students, according to a report in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

CLOSE THE GATE: The day after a shooting at Middleton High in Tampa, officials make recommendations about how to better secure the campus. Police, meanwhile, seek two more suspects.

IT DEPENDS WHERE YOU LIVE: A student who's meeting grade level standards in Florida might not make the mark in another state, where the measures are different. A new US Department of Education report looks at the wide variety as lawmakers revise No Child Left Behind, the AP reports. Here's the NY Times version.

PREPPING FOR FAILURE: Duval County's superintendent predicts 10 F schools this year, up from the two the district had last year (but fewer than the 14 he anticipated earlier), the Florida Times-Union reports. With FCAT scoring changes implemented, more F's are expected across Florida.

NOT IN SARASOTA YOU DON'T: Local arts activists are raising a stink over the Sarasota school district's plan to cut back art, music and drama teachers, the Herald-Tribune reports.

They're coming late. You know that already. Here's some details, from the Palm Beach Post and the Orlando Sentinel.

CASH FOR GRADES: Nope, it's not an incentive thing. It's a scandal at a California community college, and felony charges are in the works, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

IT'S ABOUT TIME: The superintendent of a suburban Chicago school district relents and hands over the sheepskin to five students who were denied after their family and friends cheered for them, the Chicago Tribune reports. The denial had been criticized nationally, and deservedly so. Florida connection: the superintendent is former Manatee superintendent Gene Denisar, who was forced out in the late 1990s.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:18am]


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