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Tb_ammons_300 A TOUGH JOB AHEAD: James Ammons officially takes the helm at troubled FAMU. All he's got to do is protect the school's accreditation, repair its image, fix its finances, stem the tide of departing faculty and staff. Get the picture.

DO THE RIGHT THING: Pasco assistant superintendent Renalia DuBose lived through segregation and the struggles of desegregation in Florida. She hopes the latest Supreme Court ruling on the issue won't deter educators from doing what's right for all children.

SPACE TEACHERS: Four Pinellas teachers go to space school to learn about what it takes to be an astronaut. With so many aerospace engineers retiring, a new crop is needed.

CLOSER TO HOME: That's where parents want their kids to attend school, and the Pinellas School Board should adopt an assignment plan that makes it so, the Times editorial board says.

WHO SHOULD TEACH THEM? If Pinellas schools become more segregated as a result, though, the question arises of whether the teaching staff should resemble the student body. While many community members might think so, the research doesn't support the notion that black teachers necessarily do a better job educating black children.

KIDS AND THE LAW: Several new laws take effect today that focus on children, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Among them, a new Children's Cabinet charged with keeping kids' needs at the forefront.

SUMMER CHALLENGES: Hoping to encourage higher achievement, the state set up 30 Advanced Placement summer camps around Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Meanwhile, Belle Glades High in Palm Beach County gives some entering freshmen a taste of their newly chosen "major" in medical sciences academy they will begin in August, the Palm Beach Post reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:19am]

    

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