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TALK SIGNIFYING NOTHING: The buzz about changing the FCAT formula to suspend the spotlight on struggling students? Forget about it. Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg's idea was rejected by the Board of education. Oh, and school grades could come out next week.

TEACHER + CHEATER = FIRED: An elementary school teacher at Moon Lake Elementary in Pasco receives the boot after admitting to rewording questions on the FCAT math exam for three special education third-graders. The 20-year veteran wanted to make them "comfortable."

BRING ON THE MONEY: The Hernando County School Board doesn't let a little thing like a missing superintendent stop an early look at next year's budget.

SAVE OUR SCHOOLS: Broward school leaders are vowing to fight a constitutional amendment that would give property taxpayers a break, but is projected to reduce property taxes raised for schools by about $7 billion over five years. The Legislature has promised to find the money, but Broward doesn't feel the love.

DON'T GO: Here's something new: Palm Beach County schools are rolling out 30-second television spots to convince parents and students not to leave. The district hopes to slow the exodus of students that caught everyone by surprise this year. The shots will air on the Education Channel, begging the question of whether the unconvinced will see them.

TESTY ABOUT TUTORING: The Miami Herald casts a critical eye on how Broward schools tutored only half of the students they were required to under federal law this past year, but the state Board of Education praises their progress anyway.

RATINGS REBELLION: Sarah Lawrence and Barnard colleges join dozens of liberal arts colleges protesting the U.S. News college ratings by refusing to participate next year.

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

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