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HELP THE UNIVERSITIES: The Florida university system is doomed to mediocrity so long as lawmakers and the governor continue to slash its resources and tie its hands on tuition, the Times editorializes.

PASCO-HERNANDO COLLEGE BOARD: Gov. Crist reappoints two members and adds a third to the PHCC trustees.

LEARN ON THE BAYOU: It might not look like much. But kids can get lessons about the world's oceans - they call it "ocean literacy" - from a dingy bayou off the Manatee River, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TEST FIRST, GAMES SECOND: The Cooper City football league cancels games and practices on nights before the FCAT, the Miami Herald reports. ''I think it is a good idea for the kids to go to bed early, stay focused on academics and forget about sports for just one night,'' teacher and mom Brenda Muchnick said.

BORDER CRACKDOWN: Palm Beach schools are getting tough on kids who lie about their address to get into schools they otherwise wouldn't attend, the Palm Beach Post reports.

THEY'RE THE HEROES. GET OVER IT: Some people question the use of the abstract term "hero" as the mascot of a new elementary school in South Lakeland. Educators say the name provides a "teachable moment," the Lakeland Ledger reports.

FAMU'S EFFORTS: The luster is gone from the struggling university, and some wonder whether new president James Ammons can work the miracles needed to bring it back, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

UCF is opening a new football stadium, and no detail is left untended as everyone prepares for the first home game, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

HE'S BACK AS A SHE: Gary Suraci, principal of a New York career and technical center, returns from summer break as Gena.  The NY Times says the change causes "a stir, but no crisis."

Next week, the State Board of Education will interview seven candidates for education commissioner. It plans to choose its next leader in October. This week, the Gradebook will profile each of the seven, complete with links to things they have written and things written about them, to give you more insight into who might next take the reins of Florida's education system. Today, we'll take a look at Cheri Yecke, the current K-12 chancellor. Check back at 9:30 a.m. for our first installment.

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


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