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Tb_riviera_450 PLEASE DON'T CLOSE OUR SCHOOL (PLEASE): Some Riveria Middle students wonder if they can stop the Pinellas School Board from closing their school by setting world record. One idea - the world's longest letter, asking the board to reconsider. (Times photo, Martha Rial)

WHAT TO DO? Gulf High officials wonder if they should let a student football player on the field while he awaits trial on robbery and battery charges, which he denies.

WANTED: ONE COMMISSIONER: It's no easy task, running Florida's education system. The next person to take the job could be a visionary leader, or a functionary follower. The State Board of Education will take a closer look at the candidates tomorrow. To see profiles of the remaining hopefuls, click here.

BATTLING FOR BONDING: School and government agencies plan to head to court Monday to seek clarification on the ruling that would force referendums for general obligation bonds, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

SORRY, NO LUNCH FOR YOU: Saying they can't afford it anymore, Broward school officials plan to stop giving free lunches to every student at low-income schools unless the parents complete forms to qualify for the federal program, the Miami Herald reports.

WHY CAN'T THEY READ? Alachua educators are trying to figure out why  - or maybe that should be if - their 10th graders can't read at grade level, the Gainesville Sun reports.

SODA BAN? SO WHAT? The sugary carbonated beverages simply are being replaced in school vending machines by sugary noncarbonated beverages with names like Vitaminwater, the NY Times reports.

WHY ARE WE HERE? America's universities largely ignore this question anymore, at everyone's peril, Yale law professor Anthony Kronman writes in today's Boston Globe.

Visit the Gradebook at 9:30 a.m. for the final profile on the seven candidates for Florida education commissioner. Today, it's Joseph Marinelli, a regional superintendent in upstate New York.

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


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