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Pic43_2 HISTORY FROM DAY ONE: It may be a brand new school, but Wiregrass Ranch High in Wesley Chapel has a history club, and, believe it or not, it has some history, too. So does the booming suburb the school was built to support. It's just not the big-H history that influences the way the world turns. (Historical picture)

LESS ESOL: A law headed to Gov. Crist's desk would scale back the number of hours teachers would need to train to help English-language learners. Many teachers have complained about the 300-hour requirement that existed. But some say the new 60-hour standard won't be enough, the Miami Herald reports.

STAY HOME: Some Volusia County residents are peeved that their School Board takes a pricey trip to San Francisco for the National School Boards Association conference, while at home they cry poor and threaten budget cuts, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Other districts, including some close to home (can you say Hillsborough), soon could face similar criticism. Meanwhile, the News-Journal reports, parents are rallying to prevent those cuts.

BEEFING UP TECHNOLOGY: The Duval superintendent is boosting the budget based on his research about high-performing schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.

WHAT WAS YOUR GPA? Home schoolers don't have a ready made answer for that one. But what they do get is a breadth of experiences not necessarily offered in mainstream high schools. And college admission officers are taking note the Washington Post reports.

Visit the Gradebook at 9:30 a.m. today for an interview with DOE spokesman Tom Butler about the upcoming FCAT advisory panel meeting in Tampa.

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


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