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Ammons A 'TRUE RATTLER': James Ammons, Florida A&M University's new president, tells the Times editorial board that he is the right person to lead FAMU at this troubled time. "Many FAMU graduates, like me, are proud to tell the world of the quality education we obtained on The Hill and of the fact that our dreams were realized because of it," he says. "So we all must work to save FAMU." Click here for the full question and answer session.

NO HONEYMOON: Wayne Alexander, Hernando County's new schools superintendent, finds immediate challenges on the job and rises to the occasion. Above all, he says, kids come first.

GROUPS OF TWO: For year, continuous progress meant keeping Pasco elementary students in three-grade clusters - kindergarten through second grade, and third through fifth grade. But many incoming third graders - already facing their first FCAT exam - struggled with the transition. So several schools are changing the groups to make it easier.

DON'T CUT SO MUCH: The Florida School Boards Association seeks to limit the budget slashing headed school districts' way, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

HOME SCHOOLING: It's on the rise in Broward and Palm Beach counties, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

MEDICAL MIAMI: The city's university leaders seek to expand their medical schools, making Miami a health-care hub like Houston, the Miami Herald reports.

'I PRAY THEY STAY': Palm Beach principals have a harder time finding and keeping teachers as the cost of living continues to rise faster than salaries, the Palm Beach Post reports.

BIBLE IN SCHOOL? Across the country, schools are starting to adopt the Bible as a textbook. There's a battle afoot over how to teach and not preach, the LA Times reports.

GAP YEAR: Stressed out after all those AP exams and the class-rank battle? Try a year of volunteering or travel before heading to college. A growing number of high school graduates are doing it, the Washington Post reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:20am]


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