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ACT PERFORMANCE FALLS: More Florida high school students are taking the ACT college entrance exam. Unfortunately, fewer are doing well on the test. Here's a story on the national trend from Education Week.

WHO'S NOT THERE: The State Board of Education winnows its list of commissioner candidates to seven. Members spend more time talking about who not to include than who to interview.

MORE DETAILS, LITTLE DIRECTION: Pinellas superintendent Clayton Wilcox offers even more specifics about his new attendance plan during a workshop where board members talk much but arrive at few decisions.

CLOTHES DON'T MAKE THE STUDENT: The Pasco school district has more pressing matters to discuss than whether to put kids in uniforms, the Times editorial board says.

UNRESOLVED: The Hernando School Board can't reach consensus on how to manage magnet school admissions.

Teacher disciplinary files will become available for public review on the Florida Department of Education website on Monday, the AP reports.

COLLIER SEARCH: Dennis Thompson, the lone candidate for Collier superintendent, spends two hours talking the the School Board but doesn't ease everyone's concerns, the Naples Daily News reports.

"SEX-BASED CLUB" BAN: The Okeechobee School Board is moving to bar clubs that violate the district's abstinence-only sex education policy, the Palm Beach Post reports. The ACLU says it's an attempt to prevent clubs aimed at promoting tolerance of gays and lesbians.

ON THE OTHER HAND: The Montgomery County, Md., school district plans to offer lessons on homosexuality during its sex-ed curriculum (so long as it doesn't get challenged in court), the NY Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:21am]


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