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YOUR TURN: Members of the public finally get to weigh in on the newly proposed Pinellas student assignment plan, with input sessions starting tonight. Here's a primer on the changes.

Bg_rosenburg HEY LAWMAKERS. HANDS OFF: It's time to let the Board of Governors run Florida's university system as nearly 3-million voters mandated in 2002, chancellor Mark Rosenberg writes in an op-ed piece. The board is suing the state over this very issue, saying it has the right to set tuition rates and not the Legislature.

BREAK THE LEGACY: The State Board of Education should pick a commissioner who's not a Jeb Bush acolyte, and who will put the focus back on students, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.

GIVE US GUIDANCE: School districts and governments officially asked the Supreme Court on Monday to clarify its ruling on whether they can issue bonds without a referendum, the Naples Daily News reports. Here's the Tallahassee Democrat version.

CHANGING STANDARDS: Florida's math and science standards could be revised for the first time in a decade, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

OFF THE AIR: The Palm Beach school district wants to broadcast its news and views on the FM dial, but can't find a channel that wouldn't interfere with what's already there, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

CONCURRENCY WOES: Martin school officials thought they had a good plan to stem crowding problems. It included an impact fee hike. Then the public got involved, as the Palm Beach Post reports.

PERFORMANCE PAY DEBATE: As the concept of rewarding teachers for student achievement grows, teacher unions increasingly stand alone in opposing it, the Washington Post reports. Even liberal Democrats - traditional teacher union allies - are warming to the idea.

DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY: Barely half of U.S. college seniors score well on a wide-ranging exam about American history and civics, USA Today reports.

Okay. It's not education news. But it is entertaining. The AP reports that a Nebraska state senator is suing God, saying He is the cause of so much horror. Why Nebraska? God is everywhere.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:23am]


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