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BIG MAN ON CAMPUS: Thirty years ago, former state Sen. Les Miller was the first black student body president at the University of South Florida. Now he's back on campus, ready to help students having trouble adjusting to college.

RECRUITING DOLLARS LOST: USF is one of three Florida colleges to lose funding for Upward Bound, which for 41 years has encouraged students from minority and low-income families to attend college. The University of Florida and Florida A&M University also lost out in funding cuts from the U.S. Department of Education, the Associated Press reports.

STUDY IN STEREOTYPES: Teachers in Palm Beach County learn about breaking stereotypes about race during a summer program on African and African American Studies.

WHIZ KID: At 37, Michelle Rhee is poised to become chancellor of D.C. schools. She's part of what the Washington Post's Jay Mathews calls the Teach for America insurgency, a wave of young idealists from top schools recruited to teach in some of the nation's toughest classrooms. Are they -- and not graduates of teaching colleges -- the future leaders in public education?

PAY FOR RESULTS: Just like in Florida, merit pay plans are gaining momentum across the nation. The New York Times weighs in on the movement toward pay for performance.

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


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