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YOU CAN'T BE WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE: More than 60 at-risk students who attend Just Elementary School in Tampa will learn etiquette, go on cultural outings and eat at a 5-star restaurant as part of their new Ladies and Gentlemen clubs. "We want to open their eyes to stuff outside of the projects here," teacher Keith Simsic explains.

Tb_usfpro_450 A TOUGH JOB: Being provost at USF basically means being second in command, a position that is getting harder as finances get tighter. Renu Khator talks about her work, her life and her new book with reporter Shannon Colavecchio-Van Sickler. (Times photo, John Pendygraft)

SHE'S BACK: Virginia Lee retired from teaching in 2004 after 21 years on the job. But she just couldn't stay away. So after three years of projects and travel, she has returned to the classroom at Pasco Elementary School.

WHAT'S CRIST'S LINE? As the State Board of Education begins culling its list of commissioner candidates, the governor's role in shaping education policy remains hazy, the Palm Beach Post reports.

FLOOD SLOWS TO A TRICKLE: Twenty-nine of Florida's school districts see enrollment drop this year, as the state gains only 500 students. That's compared to as many as 56,000 new kids a year during the boom years, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TOUGH CHOICES: Collier County parents and their high schoolers are complaining because the district's college fair is scheduled for the same night as football games, the Naples Daily News reports. College or football. Hmmmm.

DON'T STEAL THIS BOOK: College texts are hugely expensive. Sometimes, they just disappear from the shelves. So college book stores around the country are taking steps to stop book crooks, USA Today reports.

CAN YOU SAY RACE? Parents in Tuscaloosa, Alabama - perhaps the seat of school segregation battles historically - are complaining that a new student assignment plan takes them right back to where they didn't want to be, the NY Times reports.

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