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A_1_1awilcox_181848_0421 QUALITY LEADERSHIP: The Pinellas School Board gives superintendent Clayton Wilcox high marks for his performance. His evaluation is a distinct improvement from a year ago, when the board gave Wilcox low ratings and told him to shape up in several key areas.

COLLEGE CUTBACKS: An enrollment freeze and a hiring freeze are on the table as Florida's public universities look at how to handle budget reductions in the tens of millions. "We're in for a very, very difficult period," chancellor Mark Rosenberg says.

A 'GOOD RUN': Lake Myrtle Elementary in Land O'Lakes is one of 34 Florida schools to earn an A from the state every year since 1999. Its leaders are pleased with the result, but say the grading details simply point them toward how to do better for kids.

HE SEEKS TO LEAD: Pasco activist David Marshall has asked Gov. Charlie Crist to put him in charge of the financially challenged, politically divided Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition. His ultimate goal? To split the agency in two. His chances? Well, he has some strong politicians in his corner.

BYE-BYE, BUSING? Hernando County school leaders ponder an end to the district's voluntary busing program, designed to improve racial integration of students.

ON THE SAME PAGE: Duval County elementary schools no longer will have a choice when it comes to  reading. It will be one book, no deviation, as the district creates a uniform curriculum, the Florida Times-Union reports.

'NOT A FASHION SHOW': Flagler County leaders consider a district-wide school uniform, saying students are at school to learn, not look good, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

MORE THAN WHAT YOU READ: You might think nothing good but football happens at Miami Northwestern Senior High if you just went by the school's press. Still, the campus keeps its head up despite a spate of negative publicity, the Miami Herald reports.

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


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