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News1fine_print_s PROOF THAT READING MATTERS: The Pinellas School Board was about to enter a contract for a web-based writing program that didn't include a warranty from the company. That only changed after board member Janet Clark read the fine print.

OPPORTUNITY SQUANDERED: Hernando schools will end the practice of having half-days once a month. Students don't learn much on those days, and teacher training really doesn't happen once the kids leave, either.

TALKING TIME: First, the Pasco School Board will have a 4-hour "team building" workshop on roles and responsibilities. Members hope to avoid the nastiness that marked Hillsborough's similar effort. Then, the board will have its final budget hearing.

REVENUE STILL SLOWING: Lawmakers hear that budget costs likely will continue to exceed revenue growth through 2011. Sen. Stephen Wise, who chairs the Education Appropriations Committee, calls the class-size amendment the "sleeper issue" and resurrects a proposal to scale it back, the Florida Times-Union reports.

AND ABOUT THAT CASINO MONEY: GOP lawmakers threaten to derail the governor's plan to let Indian tribes expand gambling and then share revenue with the state, the Miami Herald reports.

SHRINKING AGAIN: The Palm Beach district has its second straight year of enrollment decline, after 35 years of steady growth, the Sun-Sentinel reports. But the decrease is smaller than expected.

THEY'RE BACK: The Hebrew-based Ben Gamla charter school returns to the Broward School Board seeking to reinstate its language curriculum, which has been suspended amid concerns it was teaching religion, too, the Miami Herald reports.

FAMU FINANCIAL AID: The university discovers nearly $27,000 in misused financial aid funds while completing documents for an accreditation review, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

IT'S THE TEACHERS, STUPID: A Washington-based education reform group focuses on keeping teachers well-trained and enthusiastic, rather than on curriculum and testing. That's a rare concept these days, the Washington Post reports.

NCLB OPPOSITION MOUNTS: Civil rights and teacher groups come out against proposed changes to the No Child Left Behind Act, the NY Times reports.

Visit the Gradebook at 9:30 a.m. for the second of seven profiles of the candidates for Florida education commissioner. Today, it's former K-12 chancellor Jim Warford.

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


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