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Tb_southward_450x300 REASSIGNED: Pinellas school leaders today begin honing a plan to close some schools, reconfigure others, and to redraw attendance zones. Here's a Q&A on the details. Already, many parents have started to pull together to save their schools from closure. To watch today's School Board workshop, click here. To see attendance zone maps, visit (Times photo, 2006)

NOTHING NEW: The State University System's $3.8-billion budget proposal for 2008-09 asks for 2 percent more money, but not for professors' pet projects, new programs or research centers. The goal, chancellor Mark Rosenberg says, is to keep the focus on educating students. There's a novel idea.

FIXING FCAT: The state's FCAT review panel, which includes several superintendents and testing directors, urges major overhaul to the annual assessment program, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Two key areas of concern: how high school standards are set and whether schools should lose a letter grade based on the gains of the lowest-performing schools.

DUMP THE GRADES: Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson thinks Florida should stop giving schools grades of A through F. He is launching a campaign to convince lawmakers, the Palm Beach Post reports.

BIG JOB, BIG MONEY: Jim Notter wins the full-time superintendency in Broward County, and an $80,000 raise to go with it, the Miami Herald reports. Notter had been interim superintendent in the nation's sixth largest school district.

COLLIER SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: The Illinois school leader who's being courted by the Collier School Board gets a message from his current bosses: decide. Until then, Dennis Thompson is on forced administrative leave, the Naples Daily News reports.

ECONOMIC EXPERTS: The nation's high school seniors know more than expected about the economy, the results of a national exam show, according to a NY Times report.

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


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