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TEST SCORES UP: Florida continued to show improvement on the "Nation's Report Card." But as soon as the data came out, so did the spin. Supporters of Jeb Bush's A-Plus plan say it's evidently working, while critics say maybe not. Don't get too dizzy.

OTHER OPTIONS: Veterans for Peace prepares to help Pinellas high school seniors find non-military ways to serve their country. "We want them to know there are pros and cons to many different careers, and that they do have alternatives," spokeswoman Linda Hubner says.

JANUARY VOTE FOR PINELLAS? Activists are urging the Pinellas School Board to call a referendum to renew the district's special property tax at the same time as the presidential primary.

PASCO REJECTS MAP: The Pasco School Board unanimously turns down the state's performance pay program, a day after teachers did the same.

PRE-K MONEY: As we told you yesterday, Pre-K Now blasted Florida's Legislature for cutting funding to the state's Voluntary Prekindergarten program. It's not that simple, House Schools and Learning Council chairman Joe Pickens tells the Palm Beach Post. The Tallahassee Democrat also covered the story.

FIND A WAY: Broward's School Board tells its superintendent that FCAT preparation is taking too much time away from day to day learning, and it has to stop, the Sun-Sentinel reports. The Miami Herald has a similar story.

WHO'S IN CHARGE HERE? The Board of Governors is expected to approve across the board tuition increases, fully pressing its claim that it - not the Legislature - runs the state's universities, the Miami Herald reports.

IS GATORADE JUNK FOOD? The battle over how to categorize sports drinks and vitamin waters could derail a national effort to limit the sale of "junk food" in school vending machines and snack bars, the Washington Post reports.

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


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