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THINKING ABOUT RESTRUCTURING: Cox Elementary in Pasco County begins preparing for what it hopes is not the inevitable - overhauling the school if it doesn't make AYP again. District officials already have some ideas in mind, but the advisory committee has until spring to recommend a plan.

RECESS IS BACK: They're just calling it something else, as elementary schools seek creative ways to wedge 30 minutes of daily physical activity into already busy days.

MAKING MUSIC: Plant High in South Tampa gets a new band director to replace the one who was abruptly removed under a still-undefined investigation. Students and band boosters take to their new leader quite well.

NO GUARANTEES: Lawmakers say the state might not be able to keep paying hefty bonuses to National Board certified teachers, Florida Today reports.

INCREASE REVENUE INSTEAD: Florida's Dems argue that the state should be finding ways to bring in more cash rather than cutting already strapped education programs, the Sun-Sentinel reports. The plan right now is to cut per-student funding by about $100, in order to make the budget work.

"OUR WAY": Florida's Seminole Tribe opens a charter school in Glades County, to teach Seminole children their language and culture, the Palm Beach Post reports. It's the first Indian-run charter school east of the Mississippi River.

SCORE IT FAIRLY: Educators continue to argue that the state sets its FCAT cut score too high for high school students, the Miami Herald reports. (Yes, this news came earlier this week. But this is a reaction piece out of Broward County.)

SHOW SOME CLASS: Miami Northwestern's new principal takes a hard line on student behavior - even when it's a showboating football star - as he works to bring the school back from the brink of poor academic performance and a damaged public reputation after scandal, the Miami Herald reports.

NEVERMIND: Duval's School Board backs down on its demand that superintendent Joseph Wise halt his administrative reorganization, the Florida Times-Union reports. But members are still not happy.

A Lakeland man responded to invitations for his 20-year reunion at Lakeland High with threats that he could make the Virginia Tech massacre "look like a f---ing birthday party." He's now in custody, after police find his home filled with explosives, the AP reports.

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


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