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Tb_vpktwo_450x300 GETTING READY: Some of the 4-year-olds can recite their ABCs, count to 30 and spell their names. Others don't know what a letter is. Welcome to the world of voluntary prekindergarten, where teachers work to prepare kids of all skill levels for the first day of kindergarten. (Times photo, Willie Allen Jr.)

SEEKING A LEADER: Seven applicants remain in the hunt to lead the Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition, which oversees programs for children ages 0-5, including VPK.

SPEAKING OF VPK: The Tallahassee Democrat editorial board takes the occasion of the program's second anniversary to call for improvements, so that it meets the "high quality" demand that voters placed in the state constitution.

SAT SETTLEMENT: The College Board agrees to pay $2.85-million to the more than 4,400 students whose 2005 SAT exams were incorrectly scored, the AP reports. If you think you qualify, call (888) 568-7675.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL: Seminole teachers approve 6 percent raises and agree to participate in MAP, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

UNWILLING TO WALK: Maybe it's the danger factor. Maybe it's the heat. But fewer Florida parents are willing to let their children walk to school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

WE WANT OUR HEBREW: Students attending the Ben Gamla charter school in Broward start a petition asking the School Board to let their teachers teach the curriculum their families signed up for, the Miami Herald reports.

JUST SAY NO: A North Port mom lets her daughters dress how they like, in violation of their school's uniform policy, which the girls say forces them to look like boys. They want to wear purple and pink. The mom has called the ACLU to fight the system, the Herald-Tribune reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Eckerd College president Donald Eastman, who talks about college ranking systems and why he's chosen not to participate in some. Eastman also offers some advice on what to look for in choosing a college to attend.

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


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