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Tb_largocentral_450 NEVER GIVE UP: Largo Central Elementary looks like it will be closed. But parents are taking nothing for granted until the final bell rings. They're continuing to petition, rally and implore the School Board not to take their children's school away. (Times photo, Ted McLaren)

CROSSING THE LINE: Parents at Challenger K-8, a Hernando magnet school, want to protect their school from changes, too. But principal Sue Stoops went too far in her support and gets reprimanded after sending an advocacy "Save Our School" letter home in kids' backpacks.

"YOU CAN ALWAYS DO BETTER": Gov. Charlie Crist tells the Northwest Florida Daily News that he supports changes in the state's FCAT system. (It's about half-way down a wide-ranging Q&A that covers several other topics of interest, too.)

NEW FOCUS: Seminole County schools will give special instruction to the 3,200 students who were considered proficient readers in 2006, but who fell back in the 2007 FCAT, the Orlando Sentinel reports. It's part of the superintendent's effort to have all schools earn an A or B this year.

GAMBLING ON EDUCATION: State leaders have their doubts about easing budget woes by turning to slots, the Lakeland Ledger reports. Gov. Crist has talked up a deal with the Seminoles as a way to avoid big cuts in education funding. The Bradenton Herald calls it a "poor tradeoff" in an editorial.

AP TENSIONS: The College Board is rejecting about 10 percent of the Advanced Placement syllabuses that teachers have submitted in the organization's first-ever audit, and several teachers are crying foul, the Washington Post reports.

SHORTER BREAKS, SMARTER KIDS: Several school districts are turning to a calendar that includes more frequent but shorter vacations in hopes that students won't forget as much while they're gone, the AP reports.

NICE WORK, IF YOU CAN GET IT: A Dallas teacher takes full advantage of all the supplemental pay programs the district offers, and earns more than the principal who hired her, the Dallas Morning News reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:22am]


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