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WHAT'S THAT 'I'? While most Florida schools got the usual A-F grades, some got an I. For irregular. Their student test results simply didn't make sense in some way, though the state has yet to fully explain. Now their fate - and their state money - are in question as the state investigates, the Miami Herald reports.

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING:
As online education grows, so, too, does the opportunity to cheat. Or so you'd think. Schools that operate the internet-based classes are putting in place some pretty high-tech devices to make sure their students test fairly, the Naples Daily News reports.

UNIMPRESSED: Stetson University, which ranks fifth in one of the US News and World Report college rating categories, is considering a boycott of the magazine's annual "best colleges" report, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Hawaiian schools are trying to adapt their styles to a rising number of Micronesian students, whose culture differs widely from the state they now call home, the Honolulu Star Bulletin reports.

HE DESERVED THE BOOT: An Osceola School Board member writes a scathing op-ed piece for the Orlando Sentinel explaining why his district's superintendent should have been fired, not given a contract extension.

DON'T HATE: Kids' brains develop most rapidly between ages 3-5, and the Anti-Defamation League aims to take advantage with a program geared to teach preschoolers about diversity and acceptance, the LA Times reports. The program is operating in 14 cities.

REVISING NCLB: Everything is on the table, including the controversial way adequate yearly progress is calculated, as Congress looks to reauthorize the accountability law, the Boston Globe reports.

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