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EXCELLENCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY: James Ammons, FAMU's new president, says those two components are key to restoring public faith in the troubled university he took over in July.

THEY MADE ME DO IT: A former USF instructor sues the university, saying officials forced him to sign grade sheets for students in classes he didn't teach.

PINELLAS, BRIEFLY: The School Board will have its final budget hearing on Monday. And, Kennedy Middle in Clearwater was locked down Friday after two men were seen stealing rims from a car in the parking lot. (Click here for both items.)

IT'S "CATASTROPHIC": Florida educators fear they won't be able to keep up with the class-size amendment in the wake of a court ruling that changes the rules of borrowing, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

UNDERINSURED: Several school districts carry property insurance that cover just a fraction of their value, leaving them expensively exposed if a major hurricane hits, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SPEED ZONE SPAT: Manatee County has refused to lower the speed lime to 20 mph outside seven schools, and district officials are demanding answers, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TACKLING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Volusia County looks at teacher diversity - read that as hiring more minority teachers - as one component of helping minority students overcome the gap, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

FOR THE LOVE OF SCIENCE: A group of Treasure Coast women is putting together a summer camp to boost area girls' interest in science, the Palm Beach Post reports. Some wonder whether a week will do the trick.

INTEGRATION ALTERNATIVES: School districts across the country are looking for creative ways to maintain student diversity, now that the Supreme Court has banned using race as a factor. The Arlington, Va., school system started down this path a decade ago and offers an instructive example, the Washington Post reports.

ADDED AID: Congress has passed a bill that increases the Pell Grant and cuts the interest rate on federal college loans to poor and middle-class students, the AP reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Pam Stewart, Florida's deputy chancellor for educator quality. She talks about the state's new teacher discipline web site,

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