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IT'S NOT QUITE HOMESCHOOLING: But the University-Model School method offered at Veritas Preparatory Academy in Pinellas Park allows parents more opportunity to stay involved in their children's schooling, and not just helping teachers make copies. The school is the only one of its kind in Florida.

FORGET INSURANCE AND PROPERTY TAXES: Florida's university system is a mess, columnist Howard Troxler says. The reason? Floridians' chronic cheapness.

MAKING IT EASIER TO OPT-OUT: Of having high school students' personal information sent to military recruiters, that is. The federal No Child Left Behind law gives the military access to the data. Palm Beach County school district leaders plan to make the opt-out form more obvious and accessible to parents, the Palm Beach Post reports. No word on whether Bay-area districts - including Hillsborough County, which will consider tonight whether to let parents opt their children out of school clubs - intend to tackle this issue.

STILL PEEVED ABOUT PERFORMANCE PAY: If Florida teachers have a theme this year, it's their intense dislike of the Special Teachers Are Rewarded plan, which would pay bonuses to 25 percent of them based on their students' test results. More than 1,000 teachers flooded the Broward County school district offices with their complaints, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

GUM SHARING, PART 2: A couple of days ago the Gradebook linked you to a story about a school where parents were up in arms about a lesson that had their children sharing the same piece of chewed gum. The Washington Post now reports that the lesson, intended to demonstrate how sexually transmitted diseases move about, has been used for six years without complaint. Yum.

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


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