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ENVIRONMENTAL EATING: Food can travel around the world before it hits your plate. But not at Eckerd College, where the cafeterias are trying to buy nearby.

Tb_pasjordan_450story JUST LIKE ANY OTHER KID: Artur Jordan Chabowski grew up in Poland, where he still lives when not attending school in Pasco County. Sure, the fourth-grader speaks four languages and takes sixth-grade math. But he fits right in, in the increasingly diverse school system. (Times photo, Stephen J. Coddington)

PROFITING WITH ESE: Educational Services of America, which recently came to Tampa, makes money while making life easier for kids with disabilities, the AP reports. Critics say it's wrong to turn a profit on the backs of the disabled, but the CEO says he didn't want to have to beg to meet the kids' needs.

ENJOY THE RIDE: FAMU president James Ammons hands out six scholarship packages worth about $40,000 each to Tampa Bay area students. While in town, he also seeks to reassure folks that the school is repairing its problems.

DO YOUR JOB: The Hernando school district's failure to do a proper background check on a woman who turned out not to be a nurse was "unacceptable and avoidable" - and it shouldn't happen again, the Times editorializes.

UNIVERSITY UNCERTAINTY: Florida's state universities need more money to remain competitive, but leaders aren't sure exactly how to make it happen, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

LARGELY UNUSED: Few families take advantage of the state's McKay scholarships, which allow children with special needs to attend schools that can help them, the Fort Myers News Press reports. Meanwhile, the News Press reports, the Lee school district doesn't seem able to help some of its special education students.

BEYOND BAKE SALES: PTA's are moving past fund-raisers and classroom volunteering to advocate more aggressively for their children's - and their schools' - needs at the district, state and sometimes national levels, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

ACCREDITED, BUT FAILED: The Lake County school district has gained national accreditation, but it can't seem to make adequate yearly progress under No Child Left Behind, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The disconnect has prompted another round of questions over NCLB, which is up for reauthorization.

HOLD THAT TRANSCRIPT: Collier stops issuing transcripts for current and former high school students while investigating whether teachers gave credit for honors courses that didn't exist, the Naples Daily News reports.

NO ROOM FOR YOU: Dozens of Providence, R.I., high school students were sent home for the first two weeks of school while the district looked for classrooms and teachers to serve them, the Providence Journal reports. Apparently, they take their class-size limits seriously over there. Tampa Bay locals might recognize the superintendent, former Hillsborough administrator Donnie Evans, who says of the situation, "It's normal for youngsters to come in and wait a few days."

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


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